No profit from power generated in Apo Agua P10-B water project

APO AGUA Infrastructura Inc. (AAII) has promised that energy generated from the hydropower component of the plant will not be sold anywhere else.

AAII director Manuel Orig has manifested that the electricity generated from the hydropower plant will only be used for the purpose of providing power to the water treatment facility in Barangay Gumalang, Baguio District.

The City Council, in a vote of 22 affirmative, passed on third reading the Tamugan bulk water project during its regular session last Tuesday.

The proponent of the project is Councilor Rene Elias C. Lopez, chair of the committee on housing, rural and urban development. The approval requires at least a 3/4 vote at the council because it is equivalent to amending the city’s zoning ordinance.

Under Sec. 14 of the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance of Davao City, any changes in the said ordinance as a result of the review of the local zoning review committee shall be carried out through a resolution/ordinance upon 3/4 majority vote or 21 out of 26 members of the Sangguniang Panlungsod.

During the session, it has been clarified through Councilor Zozobrado that the project is not included or cannot be included as part of the watershed area.

The amendment will also be included in the “whereases” of the resolution and ordinance of this project.

Zozobrado added that “all the conditions in the environmental concerns especially the watershed code and zoning ordinance be truthfully complied.”

The voting of the bulk water supply project on second reading was set as early as June this year, but was referred back to the committee for further study.

The approval for the second reading of the P10-billion bulk supply project by the AAII was deferred for three times due to lack of quorum.

Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio, in her state of the city address last Sept 13, asked the City Council to prioritize the proposed ordinance allowing the Davao City Water District and Apo Agua to tap the Tamugan River for their surface water project.

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