Water at last for residents of BF Homes Paranaque

May 13, 2009 4:15 am 

MANILA, May 12 — Thousands of residents of BF Homes in Paranaque are about to say goodbye to air-gushing water taps.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will turn on tomorrow morning (Wednesday) the main valve of the Maynilad water supply system in the housing subdivision.

Adequate and stable supply of potable water has been a luxury denied residents of BF Home Paranaque for 20 years following the disconnection of water and electric services in the area by the Maynilad and the Manila Electric Company, respectively.

The President and Paranaque Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. will lead city, national and Maynilad officials in turning on the main valve of the water supply system in the subdivision.

BF is bounded by the cities of Paranaque, Muntinlupa and Las Pinas, covering 72 enclaves with 10,000 household accounts.

Prior to Maynilad, the water system was owned and operated by the Philippine Waterworks and Construction Corp. (PWCC), a subsidiary of BF Homes Inc. Due to unpaid bills, PWCC was disconnected by Maynilad and Meralco and PWCC’s certificate of public conveyance was cancelled with finality by the National Water Resources Board.

Since then, the residents relied on water delivery tanks that charged them an average of P90 per cu. m. for the past 20 years.

On Feb. 22, 2007, the President issued Executive Order No. 688, implementing Presidential Decree 1345. But before the laws could take effect, BFHI filed a suit with the regional trial court of Las Pinas challenging its constitutionality. This case is now pending before Judge Raul B. Villanueva of Branch 255, who issued a writ of injunction on March 28, 2008 enjoining MWSS or its agent from taking over the water system of BFHI. After the pre-trial conference of Sept. 1, 2008, the case was referred for mandatory mediation.

The BFHI residents requested Maynilad to lay new pipes and supply them directly instead of through PWCC. In July 2008, officers of various homeowners associations formally requested Mayor Florencio Bernabe Jr. to exercise his police powers under the Local Government Code to ensure their general welfare in providing them adequate potable water.

On Aug.7, 2008, the Paranaque City Council issued Resolution 08-054 authorizing Mayor Bernabe to exercise his police power by allowing Maynilad to immediately construct a water system in BFP and provide Maynilad protection and security in undertaking such construction.

To date, Maynilad has served 16 (out of 75 enclaves) with a total of 1,049 households. There is ongoing construction in four more enclaves and Maynilad started mainline pipe laying along Tirona South which will serve 4 enclaves namely Tirona South, Manresa, Carmen de Luna and Phase 6 East. There are ongoing negotiations for 9 more enclaves along Aguirre and El Grande Avenue.

The households at high elevated enclaves are being served from 12 a.m. to 6 p.m. at an average pressure of 7psi daily. But most of these households get their supply from 12 a.m. to 12 p.m. at an average pressure of 10psi.

Maynilad has allocated a budget of P57.6 million for materials and labor costs in laying of tertiary pipes inside the 25 enclaves along Aguirre and El Grande Avenue. (PNA)

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