MANILA — The Manila Water Co., through Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC), has earmarked some PHP4.28 billion to meet the growing demand for reliable water system and improved sewage system in Boracay Island, Aklan Province.
BIWC is the joint venture company of Manila Water and Tourism Infrastructure and Enterprise Zone Authority (TIEZA) that delivers potable water service, sewerage service, and drainage management under a 25-year Concession Agreement in the island, which started in 2009 and ends in 2034.
Blanca Eunicia Aldaba, BIWC business operations chief, in a press conference over the weekend, said the PHP4.28 billion was the needed investment until the end of the concession based on the projections.
“It will be the required amount for the plans to be completed based on the requirements until 2034,” she said.
For the first five years including 2017, the company will spend PHP3.07 billion for Yapak sewage treatment plant (STP)and for the expansion of the Manoc-manoc treatment plant.
By 2022, Aldaba said, Boracay Water will already be 100 percent sewer covered on the wastewater side.
Other projects lined up for Boracay include the upgrade of the 8.5 MLD (million liters per day) Manoc-manoc STP by 2018; and the rehabilitation of the 6.5 MLD Balabag STP.
Boracay Water also allotted money to build more than 11 km of sewer pipes and increase sewer network from 18.61 km to 30.27 km by 2020; and triple sewer connections from the current 1,007 connections to 3,689 by next year.
These plans were set in anticipation of the expected annual increase of tourist arrivals in Boracay, said Aldaba.
“We assumed that there will be a five percent increase every year so by 2026, it will then reach 2.67 million. In 2034, by the end of the concession, it will be 3.94 million tourist arrivals based on our projections. We are basing it from the actual average increase for the last seven years. We now have a total of 6,400 water service connections and 70 percent of it is residential accounts. However, based on consumption volume, 70 percent is commercial while residential is only 30 percent,” she noted. (PNA)