NEWLY-appointed Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) administrator Emmanuel Salamat assured lawmakers the government is pushing through with the Kaliwa Dam project which will considerably augment the water supply to Metro Manila.
“We will implement this project as approved by our board of trustees. We are currently complying with the requirements for the project. Right now, we’re waiting for the ECC,” Salamat told the House of Representatives in a briefing on the water situation in the metropolis.
The retired military general also told lawmakers that concerns raised against the project would be properly addressed.
Citing for instance the issue involving the Indigenous People community in Infanta, Quezon, Salamat said that public hearings with affected communities are conducted and that their concerns are being addressed.
“We want to make sure there will be sustainable plans for communities to ensure their support,” Salamat added.
The Commission on Audit representatives in the hearing likewise clarified that the project underwent public bidding – contrary to media reports – and that what they found were only possible irregularities in the compliance with bidding requirements.
Of the P12.2-billion construction cost, 85 percent would be funded from official development assistance from China amounting to P10.2 billion, while 15 percent or P2 billion would be shouldered by MWSS.
After 34 years, Kaliwa Dam is set to fully take off following the formal signing of the contract between President Duterte and Chinese President Xi Jinping last November.