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IEMOP seeks Growth through Inclusivity with WESM in Mindanao

April 16, 2019

Tentative Mindanao WESM Launch December 2019   The independent operator of the Philippines’ Wholesale Electricity Spot Market is confident Mindanao residents from generation down to the supply to end-users will soon be reaping its benefits as one WESM.   “The power of choice will soon be in the hands of even of the marginalized sectors in the entire country. WESM will grow and so will the number of those benefitting from it,” said Atty. Francis Saturnino P. Juan, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Independent Electricity Market Operator of the Philippines Inc. (IEMOP).   IEMOP held its first ever Market Participants Update (MPU) for Mindanao in Cagayan de Oro City last April 11 to apprise participants on various market developments, tackle issues and concerns with respect to operations, and provide updates on WESM Mindanao implementation.   The Last Frontier   “Mindanao is the last frontier, with market participants and electricity users yet to reap the benefits of the competitive and robust market that IEMOP operates, the electricity spot market which has long served the requirements of the Luzon and Visayas participants and consumers,” Juan noted.    “Hence, our theme, Growth through Inclusivity. The operationalization of WESM in Mindanao is no longer far in the horizon and with that follows retail competition,” he added. IEMOP is a non-stock, non-profit corporation, led by a board of directors comprised entirely of independents, “who do not have any interest or connection to the WESM participants” which took over the operation of the WESM effective 26 September, 2018 vice the Philippine Electricity Market Corporation (PEMC).  IEMOP now operates the wholesale electricity sport market (WESM) managing the registration of market participants, receipt of generation offers, setting market prices and dispatching schedules of the generation plants, billing, settlement and collections, while the PEMC remains as the WESM governing body to monitor market participants’ compliance of market rules, in compliance with the policy and regulatory oversight of the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).   Conditions ripe for Mindanao WESM   The improved power situation and availability of supply excess make it viable for Mindanao’s eventual transition from purely bilateral to market operated regime, says an official of the Mindanao Development Authority (MinDA).     Assistant Secretary Romeo Montenegro, MinDA deputy executive director, said in a statement that conditions are ripe for the establishment of the Mindanao WESM which is currently awaiting regulatory approval.   “Mindanao has already transitioned into supply excess regime, with an energy portfolio of diversified energy mix,” according to Montenegro, who also heads the Mindanao Power Monitoring Committee (MPMC) Technical Working Group.   “It’s time to bring the competition in so that load off-takers, especially electric cooperatives, can enjoy the flexibility of sourcing out capacity through the market, rather than being completely locked-in to long term bilateral contracts.”   Dialogue tradition to continue   Meantime, Juan said IEMOP continues PEMC’s tradition of conducting regular dialogues with the market participants not just to inform of market developments or report on WESM operations and market performance, but also to create a discourse with Mindanao WESM stakeholders.    “We look forward to these gatherings for us to learn from you, to give us a sense of what you want us to do to improve how we serve you. As WESM operator we want to enhance your customer experience when interacting with the market.”    Juan said IEMOP looks forward to forging a shared responsibility and commitment to identify market issues to be addressed through policy recommendations and potential solutions that would growth and improve the WESM and market outcomes.   “Our exchanges form part of our efforts to lay down the foundation for a strong WESM operator geared towards improving market operations and providing better service,” he stressed.   Ways forward   Juan said the MPU and similar events are planned for 2019 ensure that WESM participants get more value out of their market membership.   “As operator of your electricity market, IEMOP will be your reliable service provider, ever ready to meet your needs and exceed your expectations,” Juan said.   IEMOP’s timeline for the Mindanao launch of the WESM is tied to the launch of the New Market Management System (NMMS) in Luzon and the Visayas. This is the IT system that will be used to operate the WESM with enhanced design, which allows for 5-minute trading intervals.   “We are hopeful all the critical activities for us to be able to operate under the enhanced WESM design, will already happen by June. With allowances for some contingencies, we are looking at September as a possible target date for the launch of the NMMS, or the implementation of the enhanced WESM design,” Juan explained during the open forum portion of the MPU.   “The results of the assessment being undertaken now by a third party consultant, and the decision and discretion of PEMC’s recommendation to DOE, will determine when the NMMS launch will happen, and/or whether WESM Mindanao will be launched simultaneous with the launch of NMMS for Luzon and Visayas.”   “However, should the NMMS launch for Luzon and Visayas happen ahead of the WESM Mindanao launch, providing for some few months delay, we’re looking at December as the possible date for the commercial launch of WESM in Mindanao, still within 2019,” Juan noted. (RMB)

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Elipe bats for IP representation in MisOr board

April 16, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental vice gubernatorial candidate President Elipe, an incumbent Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member, is batting for an indigenous peoples (IP) representation at the provincial board. During their weekly session last Monday (April 15), Elipe said that it is important for the legislative body of Misamis Oriental to have its own IP or Lumad representation given the number of IPs residing in the province. It was learned that Section 6, Rule IV of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act (RA) 8371 mandates IP representation in local Sanggunians proportionate to their population in the said locality. RA 8371 is the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act of 1991. During their session that day, Elipe said it is long overdue for Misamis Oriental to have such representation. “Long overdue na kini nga meeting kay sige ka-postpone kay dili gakahatod ang invitation sa mga personahe,” he said. Elipe did not mince words in expressing his dismay over the current leadership at the Misamis Oriental Sangguniang Panlalawigan, saying there were efforts to delay the invitations to representatives of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NICP) so the matter could be taken. “Ayha pa naabot ang letter sa DILG ug sa NCIP apparently karo nga naay intent to delay the proceedings,” he said. According to the law, it is NCIP which must endorse to DILG the name of the prospective IP representative. Then the Sangguniang Panlalawigan must enact an ordinance for the recognition of such IP representative in their body. The next step would be to invite representatives from the provincial legal office and provincial budget office for the draft of such measure. “Ubos sa balaod, kinahanglan ang representation from different sectors apil niana ang IP kay kinahanglan madungog nato ang ilang hunahuna kalabot sa mga polisiya sa atong pangagamhanan,” Elipe said.

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Brgy execs hail Pimentel’s proposed Magna Carta

April 8, 2019

•    Koko Pimentel to push also for free travel tax next year   GINGOOG CITY - Speaking thru his representative Dr. Manuel V. Jaudian, during  the Sara Duterte-Carpio’s Hugpong ng Pagbabago (HNP) campaign rally at the Dodo Lugod Memorial Gymnasium, this City, Senator Koko Pimentel received an resounding acclaim from the local officials in attendance, for his proposed Magna Carta for Barangays.      Sen, Koko Pimentel’s Magna Carta for barangays, according to Jaudian, would empower barangay officials to become regular government employees with same fixed salaries and benefits given to other state workers.      The proposed Magna Carta for Barangays authored by Pimentel would declare barangay officials as regular government personnel as they also have important role in promoting the welfare of their constituents.      It could be remembered that DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año, lately, also supported Pimentel’s proposal, saying, that “ barangay officials are the government’s front liners that do the legwork in serving the people and granting them the same benefits as any other government employee is only fair to recognize their vital role in carrying out the government’s basic services down to communities.      In almost all national activities and programs  for good governance,  the support and involvement of barangays and barangay officials had become a major part.      Pimentel’s  Magna Carta for Barangays proposes that the “punong barangay, sangguniang barangay members, Sangguniang Kabataan chairperson, barangay secretary and barangay treasurer in all barangays will be declared regular government employees.”      In the said Magna Carta, Pimentel proposes that “a punong barangay should get a salary equal to that of a sangguniang bayan member of his municipality or city, while sangguniang barangay members should receive a salary equivalent to 80 percent of the salary of their sangguniang bayan members.”      Also, the  Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) chairpersons, barangay secretary, and barangay treasurer, are entitled to take home an equivalent of 75 percent of the salary of their sangguniang bayan members.      The said provision also states that as regular government employees, they are “entitled to fixed salaries, allowances, insurance, medical and dental coverage, retirement benefits and such other fringe benefits to which a regular government employee may be entitled to.”      Koko emphasized also that Section 11 of the bill proposes the mandatory share of the barangays in all taxes, fees or other charges.      On the other hand, Año clarified that the salary grade and the rate of the mandatory share of barangays need to be consulted with the Department of Finance and leagues of local government units to determine whether the proposed 25 percent share of a barangay in all taxes collected on real property located within their barangay is sustainable.      The DILG chief said he supports the measure of “Senator Koko because it would allow 42,044 barangays in the country to deliver better basic services to our people, especially in 4th to 6th class municipalities which have limited financial capacities”.      Other sections of the bill are drinking water for the barangays; transportation for barangay; schools, health centers and barangay halls for barangays; and equitable share of the barangay from the proceeds of the utilization and development of national wealth, among others.      During the rally Jaudian also announced that Senator Koko Pimentel will be pushing for free travel tax for every Filipino tourist going abroad.  Other significant contributions that Pimentel has contributed to the national welfare of Filipinos are already in place, such as: The five-year validity of a driver’s license, and the 10-year past port validity.      The campaign rally was held at the Dodo Lugod Memorial Gymnasium here ended at lunchtime, April 5. And was hosted by the Padayon Pilipino led by Governor Yevgeny Emano, and Mayor Marie Guingona.      The Duterte-Carpio team went to University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP) gymnasium in Cagayan de Oro in the afternoon. The  HNP senatorial slate also joined the activity.

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Nepotism complaint vs. Emano, Elipe dismissed

April 8, 2019

MISAMIS Oriental Gov. Yevgeny Vincente Emano and his brother-in-law Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) member President Elipe on Monday (April 8) welcomed the dismissal of the nepotism complaint filed against them before the Office of the Ombudsman. In a press conference that day, lawyer of the respondents Melchor Cubillo reported that they received the resolution only recently even though the Ombudsman had already decided on the complaint in July 2018. It can be recalled that one Ernesto Molina filed in October 2017 complaints for malversation, unlawful appointments, grave abuse of authority and grave misconduct against the two provincial officials. Molina alleged that Emano committed nepotism in 2016 by appointing his own brother-in-law as general manager of the Misamis Oriental Integrated Sports Complex (MOISC). In his complaint, Molina pointed out that MOISC is a government entity since it stands on land jointly owned by the provincial government of Misamis Oriental, city government of Cagayan de Oro and the Department of Education (DepEd). But in the July 2018 resolution issued by graft investigation and prosecution officer Rosemil Bañaga, the Ombudsman pointed out that the documents submitted by both complainant and respondents did not show that MOISC is a government entity. "The SSS registration of the Integrated Sports Foundation, Inc. and the fact that it remits its employees' premium contributions to SSS lean toward the inference that it is a private entity," part of the resolution stated. Along this line, Emano and Elipe welcomed the issuance of the resolution, saying it vindicated them from undue accusations thrown at them by their political foes. Elipe in particular said during the press conference that they had documents showing that Molina, the complainant, was a city government of Cagayan de Oro employee at the time the complaint was filed. The city mayor of Cagayan de Oro, Oscar Moreno, is a political opponent of the brothers-in-law. Elipe hinted that they would be filing counter-complaints against Molina for falsification of documents leading to "political harassment." Their lawyer Cubillo said that the nepotism complaint had no chance to revive since Molina failed to file a motion for reconsideration on time. "There is no way to defeat truth, it will triumph over evil. The move of our rivals in politics especially in the city to implicate me on the charges which I never did is a political harassment. This is the plan of the Moreno camp to get even with his more than 100 graft cases," Elipe said.

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Media Wise wins second IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit

April 6, 2019

- Xavier Ateneo Alumnus does it yet again   The little boutique publishing house that could has done it yet again! Media Wise Communications/Muse Books has just won a 2019 IABC Gold Quill Award of Merit for its latest coffee table book On the March: The Jesuits in the Philippines since the Restoration under the Publications category, which is included in the Communications Skills division. Assessed against the IABC Gold Quill Award criteria and IABC’s Seven-point Scale of Excellence, On the March was the only Philippine entry to win in its category. Cruz expressed great pride not only in its newest titles but also in Media Wise’s latest award, explaining that for a boutique-sized yet agile publication company, it has consistently won more awards, including Philippine Quills, with each title improving from the last. Ocampo Cruz was first cited with a Merit Award by  IABC in the 2017 Gold Quill Awards program for Jesuits In Mindanao: The Mission  under the Communications Skills Division (Category 26: Publications). Cruz will personally receive the award during the Excellence Gala on 11 June 2019, as part of the 2019 IABC World Conference in Vancouver, Canada. The Gala will also recognize the winners of the “Best of the Best” awards, “IABC Gold Quill Agency/Team of the Year” awards and other special awards that will be announced later this month.  In addition to the gala, all awardees would also be recognized in an IABC news release, on IABC’s website and social media.  The 2019 Gold Quill Award Winners were announced last April 2, 2019 by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) in San Francisco, CA. For over 40 years, IABC’s Gold Quill Awards have recognized and awarded excellence in strategic communication worldwide.  The program is recognized as one of the most prestigious awards programs in the industry. “Only exceptional work earns an IABC Gold Quill Award,” said Cindy Schmieg, ABC, IABC Fellow, chair of the awards committee. “Each entry is rigorously reviewed by multiple experienced communicators from around the world who are trained in applying IABC’s Global Standard of the Communication Profession. The award winners represent our profession of ethical practitioners contributing to organizational outcomes.” In total, the awards committee selected 202 entries as world-class, with 86 entries earning an Excellence Award and 116 a Merit Award. Winners come from all over the world, with 10 countries represented in the award winners list. They represent a cross section of public and private sector organizations, both large and small. The field was very competitive this year, with almost 700 entries reviewed by more than 250 evaluators. “We congratulate all the Gold Quill Award winners for their work and dedication to excellence in strategic communication,” said Stephanie Doute, CAE, executive director of IABC. “Their success is a testament to the fact that professional communicators create solid business outcomes for their organizations.” Already the recipient of numerous local and international publishing awards in previous years, Media Wise romped off with four awards at the 16th Philippine Quill Awards held July 9, 2018 at the Manila Marriott in Pasay City for three of its recent coffee-table books:  PNB: One Hundred Years of Service Excellence and St. Andrew's School - One Hundred Years - Pro Deo et Patria (both in the Publications category) and The Maestro of Philippine Basketball (for Writing and Special Projects). Winners of a Philippine Quill are considered to have achieved the pinnacle in business communication excellence.  Previously, Jesuits In Mindanao: The Mission won the Philippine Quill Award of Excellence for Publications under the Communications Skills Division at the 2013 Quill Awards, and another at the IABC Asian Pacific Silver Quill Awards held in Singapore last year. On the March: The Jesuits in the Philippines Since the Restoration was also co-published with a fellow Xavier University alumnus Manuel Paras Engwa, with the proceeds going to the Philippine Jesuit Aid Association (PJAA) for the benefit of the elderly, retired and infirm Jesuits, and the promotion of Jesuit vocations. Meantime, PNB: One Hundred Years of Service Excellence also won a Gold Anvil Award at the 52nd Anvil Awards last year. Ocampo Cruz began his first eight years of education at Xavier University-Ateneo de Cagayan in 1959 (Grade School, 1967). He moved to St. Andrew’s School in Parañaque City (High School, 1971) and the University of Santo Tomas (Bachelor of Fine Arts, major in painting, 1976). A visual artist, advertising and publishing professional, Monching (as he is known to friends), is a multi-awarded publisher and artist. After a stint with Sining Makulay CATV (a cable television company) and national broadsheet Manila Chronicle, he established his own graphic design and publishing company, Media Wise Communications, Inc. in 1993. He won his first Catholic Mass Media citation as well as a Philippine Quill award for publishing MUSE, a magazine dedicated to art, culture and travel. He has had three solo art exhibits. A proud product of XU Grade School, Monching also gained acclaim for his publication of the Ateneo de Manila University’s sesquicentennial coffee table book, 150: The Ateneo Way by Fr. Jose S. Arcilla, SJ (2009); and Veritas Integras Justita: 75 Years of the Ateneo Law School published for the Ateneo Law School. (RMB)

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Ensuring water security for the emerging city of tomorrow

April 5, 2019

• Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro master plan for sustainable urban infrastructure   A SUSTAINABLE water supply is one of the priorities in the Master Plan for the Sustainable Infrastructure Development of Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro now being formulated by the National Economic Development Authority Region 10.      As defined by the College of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of Colorado Denver, urban infrastructure refers to engineered systems such as water, energy, transport, sanitation, and information that make up a city.      However, challenges’ resulting from increasing population growth foresees a need for sustainable infrastructure that is high performing, cost-effective, resource-efficient and environmentally-friendly. (UCD, 2015) In the construction and physical and organizational structures that enable cities to function, meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the capabilities of the future generations is paramount. (Tiwari, 2016).      Metropolitan Cagayan de Oro is included in the Philippine Development Plan of 2017-2022 which envisions Region 10’s role in National Development with the emergence of Metro CDO as the Philippines’ 4th Metropolitan Center by 2025 as a major gateway & trans-shipment hub, and Key educational center with potential growth in the banana industry, rubber, bamboo, cacao, coco coir, coffee, agribusiness, and tourism.      With a total population of 1, 219, 005 as of 2015 and total land area of 2,221, 13 square kilometers, Metro CDO initially includes Cagayan de Oro and El Salvador cities in Misamis Oriental, eleven municipalities in Misamis Oriental (Initao, Gitagum, Libertad, Laguindingan, Alubijid, Opol, Tagoloan, Villanueva, Jasaan, Claveria, and Balingasag) and six municipalities in Bukidnon (Manolo Fortich, Baungon, Sumilao, Malitbog, Libona, and Talakag).      “Originally 11 municipalities and 2 cities were involved but the configuration of Metro CDO has evolved,” said NEDA 10 Regional Director Mylah Faye B. Cariño. “More municipalities are being considered.”      Population trends indicate Metro CDO will have a total population of 1,382,574 on 2.73 growth rate by 2020, to grow further to a populace of 1,559,475 on 1.28 growth rate by 2025.      Perhaps no entity appreciates the challenges presented by this metropolization better than the Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) which has often been criticized for not being able to keep up with the demand for water in the booming metropolis.      At present, COWD provides water services to 64 of Cagayan de Oro’s 80 barangays, 7 of Opol, Misamis Oriental’s 14 barangays, and Barangay, Casinglot in Tagoloan, Misamis Oriental.      COWD General Manager Bienvenido V. Batar, Jr. acknowledges the enormity of the challenge facing the water district in keeping up with the growing demand for water in Cagayan de Oro.      “COWD relies solely on its water sales to fund its operations and implement improvements and expansion projects,” Batar noted.  He said COWD does not receive any form of subsidy from either the local or national government.      “For instance, even an extension of our service to one upland barangay like Indahag would already require a capital outlay of P300-million, which is currently beyond our means since we still have outstanding loans to the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) to settle,” Batar said.      To rectify this situation, COWD has formed a joint venture company, Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water Inc. (COBI) with MetroPac Water Investments Corporation (MWIC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation to undertake the supply of bulk treated water to address the increasing demand of Cagayan de Oro City.      The project has a term of 30 years, renewable for another 20 years, and involves the supply of up to 100 MLD of treated bulk water, as well as construction of transmission lines and rehabilitation of the Camaman-an Reservoir to supply the COWD, which currently has about 100,000 service connections serving some 700,000 residents.      During groundbreaking rites for a new pipeline held last August, 2018 at Barangay Camaman-an,  COWD Chairman of the Board of Directors Eduardo Montalvan said the water district is targeting a 24/7 water supply for every household regardless of their location in the city.      “We have been receiving complaints from various parts of the city that water is only available during certain times of the day,” Montalvan said in Bisayan. “With this project, we are striving to catch up to make sure water supply is available to anyone in the city during all times of the day.”      At present, COWD has estimated water demand in the East Service Area at 114.456MLD) which is barely covered by its 17 production wells in Barangays Bugo, Agusan, Tablon, Macasandig and Nazareth.      With the commissioning of the new pipeline, total supply for the East Area has risen 17.5% with an additional 20MLD from the COBI bulk water plant in Baungon, Bukidnon and further by 15% with an additional 20MLD by 2020.      “But this is not the end; we still have more projects to implement after this. Now we are catching up with the progress of the rest of the city, we will try even harder to keep pace and stay ahead by providing clean and safe water for all residents of the city,” Montalvan assured.      Cagayan de Oro City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno acknowledged the import and historicity of the ground breaking event for the city’s future.      “This is a breakthrough and milestone which will propel Cagayan de Oro to a greater advantage that we really deserve. I cannot thank MWIC and COWD enough for doing what should have been done 20 years ago when CDO was starting to grow,” Moreno said.      “Now we have this chance to rectify the past. Cagayan de Oro will never be a team without the water district. The water district is very, very essential. In the same manner that all other utilities are essential. We need the COWD to grow; we need the COWD to be even ahead of the city’s growth.”      After the pipeline, COWD activated its Camaman-an Reservoir last November 9, 2018 after a P26 million Retrofitting and Waterproofing restored the facility after it had lain idle for some time.      With a storage capacity of 5,300,000 liters, the facility boosted water supply and pressure in barangays Camaman-an, Gusa, and Lapasan, especially within the Limketkai Center central business district.      The new pipeline and reservoir improved water pressure and supply to the East Service area was originally planned for completion by June 2019 was finished ahead of schedule.      The facility will initially supply an additional 20 million liters daily (MLD) of treated potable water to benefit the East Service Area from Barangays Lapasan to Tablon, (including Camaman-an) during its first phase, to be augmented by an additional 20 MLD during the second phase.      “The reactivation of this facility will help address the increasing demand for water supply in Cagayan de Oro City,” said Rodrigo O. Yabut, COBI general manager.      By the third quarter of 2019, some 50,000 households or an estimated 300,000 people stand to benefit from a new pipeline that will service the COWDS’s East Service Area from Barangays Lapasan to Bugo.      “The 600 millimeter (mm) steel pipeline will carry treated water from the COBI bulk water treatment plant in Baungon, Bukidnon to the eastern part of the service area,” Batar said. “Ultimately, this pipeline will carry 40 MLD and increase our capability to deliver water service to areas such as Taguanao, Mandumol, Upper Cugman, Upper Gusa, and Camaman-an.”      “This will also help us balance the existing supply from Macasandig and Bugo, and improve water service in the entire eastern part of the city,” Batar added.      The P251-million cost for the nine kilometer pipeline and the Camaman-an Reservoir retrofitting and waterproofing is entirely underwritten by (MWIC) but the facility would be turned over to and operated by COWD upon its completion under its joint venture Cagayan de Oro Bulk Water, Inc. (COBI).      The COWD has attained significant milestones since July 2016 when Mayor Moreno started his second term as Cagayan de Oro City Mayor.      Facility wise, the COWD’s pipeline network increased 12 kms. from 553.614 kms to 565.852, its production wells increased from 26 to 28 and while the number of reservoirs remained at 7, the Camaman-an reservoir has been rehabilitated and activated at no cost to the water district.      These facility improvements have enabled the COWD to increase its bulk water supply to its East Service Area from zero to 20MLD and supply from production wells from 86 to 91MLD. Similarly, bulk water supply to the West Service Area increased from 40MLD to 60MLD, more than compensating from the minimal decline in production wells volume from 34 to 33.      In toto, bulk water supply to the entire service area increased from 40 to 80MLD while production wells volume similarly rose from 120 to 124MLD, resulting in a net gain of 44MLD (+27.5%) to 204MLD.      These improvements have enabled COWD to increase its number of residential and government concessionaires from 83,430 to 91,629; commercial/industrial connections from 6,038 to 6,595, thus increasing its number of active service connections from 89,468 to 98,348 and consequently, the number of residents served from  89,468 to 700,000.      COWD has previously undertaken various expansion projects to improve water supply to existing and heretofore unserved and underserved areas of the city.      Its Phase I improvements with a P32M loan from the Local Water Utilities Administration      (LWUA) completed in 1978 included the construction of the Macasandig Booster Pumping Station, Bugo Pumping Station and wells, and transmission lines, enabling COWD to provide water to the residents of Gusa, Cugman, Kauswagan, Bayabas, Bonbon, Patag and Bulua.      In 1983, COWD’s water services reached barangays Balulang, Calaanan and Mandumol with the P95M-worth Phase II Improvement Project, followed by a third phase initiated in 1996 and completed in 2005.      This included the drilling of 22 deep wells; construction of 12 pumping stations and 3 reservoirs; purchase of 17 standby power generators; laying out of 23-kilometer steel transmission pipes and 69-kilometer uPVC distribution pipes and installation of 26,000 service connections.      This phase added 70 MLD to its water production and enabled COWD to serve another 203,000 people or 46,200 households in Cagayan de Oro City and the nearby municipality of Opol.      Not the least, COWD entered into a Bulk Water Supply Agreement with Rio Verde Water Consortium which started providing an additional 40MLD in 2007.

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