Developer Oscar Violago, president of the San Lorenzo Ruiz Water Development Corporation, proposes to convert the watershed into a dam.
proposal would be the the answer to Metro Manila's water woes.
"Its potential is really to supply 1,500 million liters per day (mld), which is more than what is deducted from the withdrawal of the concessionaires in the Angat Dam, around 1100 mld.
If we were able to supply the 1,500 mld now, there won't be any water crisis," Violago
says in an interview on ANC's "The Rundown" on Tuesday night.
proposal on hold for the past 17 years, Violago
now accuses the Ayala-run concessionaire Manila Water Co., the National Water Resources Board
(NWRB), and the MWSS of blocking his
company's bid to develop the Wawa Dam Project.
"The National Water Resources Board
and MWSS have given us the runaround and red tape for the last 17 years," Violago
"Manila Water wants to grab it from us.
They would want to develop the Wawa Dam project by themselves."
says, while they had the water rights after their application in 1993, Manila Water managed to get a permit allowing them to make advanced collections from water consumers in 2003.
"In 2003, while my company would like to develop the Wawa Dam at no cost to the government, the NWRB
allowed Manila Water to collect in advance P732 million, which they are still collecting from their consumers until now, so the P732 million must be more than P1 billion now, and that is interest-free," he
Following their company's success with the $687 million Casecnan Water and Power Project, today, Violago
company is the best candidate to develop the Wawa Dam Project.
Given a full water permit, Violago
says, the NWRB
can count on them to develop the fully-functional dam in three years, one which, he
says, would also be able to minimize floodings in Metro Manila and even help avert a power crisis.