• Boracay Water seeks fresh bids for P298-M project

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    Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC), a unit of Ayala Corporation’s Manila Water Company, is set to call a new round of bidding for the P298 milllion sewerage treatment plant (STP) project in Manoc Manoc, Boracay Island.

    BIWC general manager and chief operating officer Ben Mañosca said last October’s tender generated “discouraging results, prompting the company to make another invitation from interested project proponents.

    “Hopefully, new submissions will be responsive so we can push through with the project,” he said.

    A pre-bidding conference will be held this week and bid documents have to be submitted by May 2 of this year.

    “Up for bidding is the design and construction of the plant. The technology and process is already included in the terms of reference. This includes the waste water quality and the government standards that have to be complied with,” he said.

    The Manoc Manoc STP will help increase BIWC’s waste water coverage to 75 percent by 2016, from the current 31 percent to ensure waste water service reliability.

    The new STP, which has an additional 14 lift stations to pump wastewater, can handle 5 million liters a day.

    The company now has an existing STP in barangay Balabag, which has a daily capacity of 6.5 million liters and covers a 9-kilometer sewage network.

    BIWC started providing water and waste water services in Boracay Island in 2010 when the Tourism and Infrastructure Enterprise Zone Authority, formerly the Philippine Tourism Authority, forged a partnership with Manila Water to improve the water system and address the waste water problems of Boracay Island.

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