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Joshua Lao

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Davao City — President Duterte, the city’s most prominent resident and former mayor, vowed to support public-private sector initiatives such as the ongoing development of a bulk water supply project provided one condition is met.

He told those present at the groundbreaking ceremonies for the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP) the various local government units can expect his full support provided such were pursued “with the welfare of the people in mind.”

The Chief Executive also said every Filipino must have a sustainable water source.

“I always believe that access to safe drinking water is a fundamental right that must be enjoyed by every Filipino family so that they live healthy, dignified and productive lives,” he said.

“I look forward to the timely completion of the water treatment facilities so that the people of Davao may enjoy its benefits at the least possible time,” Duterte added.

On a similar note, Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte commended the project’s proponents Aboitiz Equity Ventures Inc. (AEV), J. V. Angeles Construction Corp. (JVACC) and the Davao City Water District (DCWD) in a speech at the groundbreaking ceremonies on Monday.

The local government executive also believes the project will address the water supply shortage in the city, particularly at the city’s second district, which has the greatest need for a sustainable water source.

The Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc., the joint venture between AEV and the JVACC team assured the public that safety measures will be implemented to ensure against environmental degradation.

“We will be partnering with the Water Management Council in terms of the protection of the watershed as well as conduct activities such as tree planting and providing education to areas near the plant (facility),” Apo Agua general manager Ones Almario said.

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