Desalination plants for waterless Sulu, Tawitawi townsMay 29, 2021
COTABATO CITY – Military and police officials have assured on Saturday to secure P144-million desalination facility projects in the island towns of Sulu and Tawi-Tawi where supply of drinking water is scarce.
Bangsamoro Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo and Donna Paiso of the Water Equipment Technology Industries Incorporated signed the contract for the setting up of desalination plants in Sulu’s island Pata, Panglima Tahil, Pandami, and Pangutaran towns, and in Tawi-Tawi province.
Each of the desalination plant for the four towns scattered in Sulu seas could process up to 20,000 liters of salty seawater into safe drinking water daily.
Also, the desalination plants in different sites in Tawi-Tawi could produce no fewer than 10,000 liters daily of drinking water from seawater.
The regional government of the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM), through Sinarimbo’s office, allocated P114 million for the projects.
Sinarimbo, a lawyer, said the documents he and Paiso signed have complied with state accounting procedures.
“We can guarantee the public that all contracts pertaining to our projects, big or small, are done by the book,” Sinarimbo told reporters who covered the event.
In text messages to reporters, local officials and barangay leaders in the towns where the Bangsamoro regional government will put up the desalination facilities said they are grateful to the BARMM government for addressing their need for water supply.
Police, military support
Police Brig. Gen. Eden Ugale, Police Regional Office-Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (PRO-BARMM) director, said Saturday he had directed the provincial police offices in both provinces to help local government units secure the multi-million projects.
The military has also pledged support in protecting the projects.
Lt. Gen. Corleto Vinluan, Jr., Western Mindanao Command (Westmincom) chief, said military units in Sulu and Tawi-Tawi shall help in protecting the projects from saboteurs.
“We were elated when we learned that there was this crafting of multimillion contracts for desalination facilities in Sulu and in Tawi-Tawi,” Vinluan said.
Paiso said all the major components for the desalination plants will come from foreign countries.
“We’re putting up a revolutionary type of desalination plants in the recipient areas,” she revealed.
“We shall use desalination membranes that will transform seawater into safe drinking water,” Paiso said without elaborating.
PHOTO: Local Government Minister Naguib Sinarimbo and Donna Paiso show the contract they forged Thursday. (John Unson photo)