Maynilad bares P37M service upgrade in Navotas Fish Port
MANILA, Philippines – Maynilad Water Services, the West Zone water concessionaire, is spending more than P37 million ($823,413.88*) to replace about 6 kilometers of pipes in the Navotas Fish Port Complex (NFPC).
NFPC is one of the largest fish trading center in Asia and a major fish supplier to Metro Manila.
“It’s important to have adequate water in the NFPC especially because it provides a food staple to major markets in Metro Manila,” Maynilad president and CEO Ricky P. Vargas said.
NFPC is situated on 47.5 hectares of reclaimed land at the northeastern section of Manila Bay and is the traditional landing place of commercial fishing boats operating in various fishing sites in the Philippines.
Thousands of buyers visit the port daily where an estimated 20 commercial fishing vessels call port and unload a total volume of about 800 tons of seafood. Overland vehicles from different provinces also bring in additional 50 tons.
Other than the fish port complex, more than 200 households along Lapu-Lapu Avenue and R10 in Navotas City would also benefit from the project.
The pipe-replacement project is eyed for completion in the first quarter of 2015. Once completed, water availability in the fish port is expected to increase from only 4 to 5 hours daily to 24 hours a day.
Water pressure is also expected to improve in the complex – from 5 pounds per square inch (psi) to 30 psi. To illustrate, it takes about 7 psi for water to reach the second floor of a building.
Maynilad is closely coordinating with the Department of Public Works and Highways, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and the local government of Navotas to ease the inconvenience that may be experienced by motorists due to the project.
To ensure public safety, all worksites will be fully enclosed by board-up barricades, with appropriate lighting, traffic, and warning signs.
Maynilad is the contractor of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, covering the certain areas of Manila, Makati, and Quezon City; and Metro Manila cities of Caloocan; Las Piñas; Malabon; Muntinlupa; Navotas; Parañaque; Pasay; and Valenzuela.
The water concessionaire also covers the cities of Bacoor and Imus in Cavite, and its towns of Kawit, Noveleta, and Rosario. – Rappler.com
*$1 = P44.93
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