By Louise Maureen Simeon
MANILA, Philippines – West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services Inc. is investing P3.7 billion for a sewer network in Parañaque City, as part of efforts to expedite the provision of sewerage and sanitation services in Metro Manila.
The Parañaque sewer network will catch, collect and convey wastewater generated from households in nine barangays and 95 subdivisions to the company’s sewage treatment plant.
It will also ensure the proper removal of harmful elements from the wastewater and protect community health and the environment.
The project involves the laying of about 65 kilometers of sewer pipes. As of last month, Maynilad had already laid around 16 kilometers of sewer pipes.
“Laying new wastewater infrastructure is in line with our mandate to help reduce pollution loading into river systems,” Maynilad president and CEO Ramoncito Fernandez.
Funded by the Development Bank of the Philippines and Japan International Cooperation Agency, the project is targeted for completion by the third quarter of 2017 and will benefit more than 500,000 customers.
Meanwhile, the company is also in close coordination with Parañaque City’s Traffic Management Office to manage traffic flow in worksites and minimize inconvenience to motorists and pedestrians.
Maynilad is investing P42 billion until 2018 to accelerate improvement and expansion of its water and wastewater services.
For 2016 alone, Maynilad is allocating P13.6 billion mainly for water and wastewater infrastructure projects that are targeted to create around 41,243 jobs.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the country in terms of customer base. It serves the areas of Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas, Malabon and certain portions of Manila, Quezon City, Makati and Cavite.