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PPP Center gives Ormoc water project a ‘thumbs up’

ORMOC CITY – “Ormoc City wins BIG today,” said Ormoc City Mayor Richard I. Gomez in his social media post last January 9, after the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Center thru its Project Development and Monitoring Facility (PDMF) Committee approved the “Ormoc City Water Supply System” Project.

It can be remembered that on September 3, 2019, Mayor Gomez signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), for and on behalf of the Local Government Unit of Ormoc (LGU-Ormoc), with the PPP Center led by Undersecretary and Executive Director Ferdinand A. Pecson.

Mayor Gomez firmly believes that the PPP Center would be a big help in not just crafting the city’s PPP Code but also in the city’s feasibility study of the Lake Danao Water Program. Improving the Lake Danao Water System is his administration’s top priority in the area of infrastructure development.

Lake Danao is a guitar-shaped lake on the island of Leyte, which covers an area of 148 hectares, situated in the 2,193 hectares Lake Danao Natural Park. It has a surface elevation of 650m and a mean depth/average depth of 80m (260ft).

True enough, just three months after the agreement, the Ormoc City Water Supply System Project is now approved.

Leyte Fourth District Representative Lucy Marie Torres-Gomez, in her speech as well after the approval, said, “If this project comes through for us, it will take care of the water problem for the next 30 years. With this development, I believe that the future is clear.” By Dailyn Cabarse

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