Firm gets P500-M fund to expand water project in Mactan
By MARS W. MOSQUEDA JR. Manila Bulletin | June 13, 2017
MACTAN, Cebu – Industries in the island of Mactan are now assured of enough water supply with the expansion of the water desalination plants of bulkwater supplier Mactan Rock Industries Inc (MRII).
MRII has recently kicked off its P500-million expansion project to provide desalinated water to Mactan Island. The company secured the P500-million loan from the Development Bank of the Philippines.
Mactan Rock has water plants in Mactan Economic Zone (MEZ) 1, MEZ 2 and Mactan-Cebu International Airport (MCIA) producing a total of 5,000 cubic meters per day (CMD) of bulk water.
Once the expanded plants will run fully, it could supply a total 25,000 CMD.
The multi-million expansion was the company’s response to the increasing demand for water supply, especially in industries, in Mactan island, said MRII chairman Antonio Tompar.
Desalination is the process of removing dissolved salts from water, thus producing fresh water from seawater or brackish water. “The future of water supply is desalination, which is now widely accepted unlike before because reliable water supply is crucial to every business,” said Tompar.
In 2016, MRII which is one of the leading desalinated water providers in the Philippines, reported at least 30 percent increase of desalinated water supply demand.
Tompar sees that the demand for desalinated water around the country will double, if triple in demand as more economic zones will be built, and more islands will be developed for tourism.
Tompar also lamented that while MRII intends to provide bulk water to the different islands in the country, some politicians are blocking the firm’s entry because of personal interest.
“People, especially in the islands, might not know that they already have options when it comes to water but politicians do not want us to enter because they have vested interests. Some even operate their own water refilling stations,” Tompar said.
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