WEST Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) formally unveiled last October 15, 2020 its Php969.14-million Central Manila Sewerage System (CMSS) Rehabilitation Project in simple rites held at Arroceros, Manila.
Gracing the event were Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) ASec. Daniel Darius Nicer representing DENR Secretary Roy Cimatu, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) Administrator Emmanuel Salamat, and Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso.
In his speech during the event, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno commended Maynilad for pursing the rehab project. “Natutuwa kami sa Maynilad dahil nagkaroon na naman ng effort para maging malinis ang maduming tubig na galing sa mga bahay bago lumabas sa ating mga katawang tubig.”
Mayor Isko assured the water company of his city’s full support for the project, notwithstanding its possible impact on traffic conditions. “Sa mga kababayan ko na nandito, hinihingi ko ang inyong pang-unawa. Bagama’t may sakripisyo ngayon, ang mga anak natin ang makakatikim ng ginhawa sa hinaharap.”
The CMSS Rehabilitation Project involves the upgrade of approximately 9,600 linear meters of sewer lines within 30 barangays in parts of Sta. Cruz and Malate areas in Manila. The project is intended to ensure the sewerage system’s continued reliability, and to accommodate a larger volume of wastewater generated by the increasing number of households and establishments in the area.
Targeted for completion in June 2021, the project will help to sustain sewerage coverage expansion in the West Zone, ultimately helping to reduce pollution load in the Manila Bay.
Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez thanked the DENR, MWSS and the City of Manila for their support of this major undertaking. “To date, we have already invested more than Php41 billion for the improvement and expansion of the wastewater infrastructure, including our ongoing construction of new sewage treatment plants in Valenzuela, Las Piñas, and Cupang and Tunasan in Muntinlupa,” he said.
Maynilad’s CMSS Rehabilitation Project supports the clean-up activities in the City of Manila, the priority area of the Manila Bay Rehabilitation Program of the DENR. It is part of Maynilad’s long-term wastewater management program, which seeks to protect community health and the environment through the proper treatment of effluents, in compliance with the continuing Supreme Court mandamus to clean up, rehabilitate and preserve Manila Bay.