(Metro News) Maynilad looks for alternative water sources

March 7, 2010 1:24 am 

MANILA, March 6 — Maynilad Water Services Inc. (MWSI) chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan has said they are looking at other alternative sources of water aside from Angat Dam in Norzagaray, Bulacan.

Pangilinan bared this in an interview with reporters during a gathering organized by MWSI and Smart at the Manila Ocean Park at the Rizal Park in Ermita, Manila.

He also said his group is not interested in submitting an unsolicited proposal for the Laiban Dam project in Rizal province following the breakdown of negotiations between the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) and San Miguel Bulk Water Co. (SMBWC).

Asked if Maynilad intends to make a “firm offer” for the Laiban Dam project, Pangilinan said the company had “looked at it before,” but they are looking at Pampanga, Wawa and Laguna de Bay as alternative water sources.

Last Wednesday, the MWSS announced that it had rejected an unsolicited proposal by San Miguel on the P65-billion Laiban Dam project.

This set back the Philippines’ target to have a new major source of water by 2015, MWSS Administrator Diosdado Jose Allado said in a separate interview.

San Miguel’s proposal was intended to provide 1,900 million liters of raw water a day for Metro Manila through the Laiban Dam project. (PNA) scs/JCA

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