• March 28, 2019 - Manila Water, Tubig Pilipinas secure 25-year Iloilo franchise
    The Philippines Star

    MANILA, Philippines — Subsidiaries of Manila Water Co. Inc. and Pure Energy Holdings Corp. have secured the franchise to upgrade Metro Iloilo’s water supply system.

    The consortium of Manila Water Philippines Ventures Inc. (MWVI) and Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. (TPGI) recently inked a joint venture agreement (JVA) for the development, improvement, and maintenance of Iloilo City’s water supply system.

    “Tubig Pilipinas, together with Manila Water, is looking forward to service the people of Metro Iloilo by offering a safe and stable water supply system that can respond to their daily needs,” Tubig Pilipinas president and chief executive officer Ryan Yapkianwee said.

    Under the city ordinance granting the franchise for the JVA, the consortium will be responsible for the construction and operation of a reliable and adequate water supply system in Metro Iloilo.

    The 25-year franchise covers surrounding municipalities of Mandurriao, Arevalo, Molo, La Paz, Lapuz and Jaro.

    This is also where the mega townships of Ayala Land and Megaworld are located, as well as the SM Supermall, which is touted to be the second biggest shopping mall in the Visayas.

    Tubig Pilipinas said it is prepared to respond to the expected surge of demand by businesses for a more potable water supply in Iloilo City.

    “As more retail businesses and townships continue to invest in the city, our consortium will focus on improving existing water supply facilities and provide better water services to households and businesses for a steady water supply,” Yapkianwee said.

    The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) reported that Western Visayas enjoyed 8.4 percent GDP growth in 2017, making it the fourth fastest growing regional economy in the country.

    Iloilo City is considered as the economic and investments center of the region.

    The local government said a credible water system must be maintained in order to respond to the growing demands of Iloilo City.

    Last January, TPGI bagged the P600-million Nabua Water District (NAWAD) water supply deal in Camarines Sur, growing its footprint beyond the Visayas region.

    Under the deal, TPGI will be in charge of the water supply and septage systems of NAWAD for 30 years until the year 2049, and is renewable for another 20 years.


  • March 28, 2019 - Manila Water unit, Tubig Pilipinas bag Iloilo project
    Business World

    ILOILO CITY — Manila Water Philippine Ventures, Inc. (MWPV) and Tubig Pilipinas Group, Inc. (TPGI) have been granted a franchise by the local council to establish and operate a water distribution system in parts of Iloilo City.

    Councilor Plaridel C. Nava II, chair of the committee on public utilities and among eight that voted in favor of the ordinance, said the non-exclusive franchise valid for 25 years applies to MWPV and TPGI or their designated joint venture company.

    MWPV, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Ayala group’s Manila Water Company, Inc., already has a partnership with TPGI for a project in Malasiqui, Pangasinan.

    MWPV-TPGI tandem is the third to secure a franchise from the city council after South Balibago Resources, Inc. (SBRI), and the Villar group’s Prime Water Infrastructure Corp.

    Mr. Nava said the MWPV-TPGI partnership is expected to prioritize coverage of the Mandurriao district.

    “It appears that Manila Water applied for a franchise way ahead of the application of Prime Water whose water franchise has been approved a few months ago. That being so, there is no reason to deny the application of Manila Water when this committee and the same sanggunian (council) have granted the franchise of Prime Water, given the similarity of its application,” Mr. Nava said.

    In his committee report, Mr. Nava noted that MWPV presented its proposal on Nov. 15, 2017.

    “Majority of the people of Iloilo City have expressed their dissatisfaction with the current water system due to poor quality of service, recurrent water shortages, and a significant percentage of unserved areas in Iloilo City, hence the people have instead resorted to the alternative water rationing system,” the ordinance granting the franchise stated.

    Councilor Eduardo L. Peñaredondo also said that the city’s main water distributor, Metro Iloilo Water District (MIWD), has failed to cope with Iloilo’s growth.

    “MIWD has miserably failed to perform its duties and franchise and authority that has been given to them to deliver water to its inhabitants… We have to do our duty as representatives of the people in order to promote progress to our people,” Mr. Peñaredondo said.

    On the other hand, Councilor Ely A. Estante, who was among the five council members who abstained from the vote, said he first wants a clarification on whether the council has the power to grant such franchise.

    “Although there is lack of supply of water but at the same it is ultra vires or it is beyond the power of the SP (Sangguniang Panlungsod) to grant a franchise,” he said.

    MIWD has filed cases in court against the Iloilo City government and SBRI, and has said that it is preparing to do the same against Prime Water.

    Amarylis Josephine C. Castro, MIWD Finance Department manager and chairperson of Bulk Water Supply Project Management Team, reiterated their position that the city government has no authority to grant a franchise.

    “We maintain the same stand when they granted the franchise to Prime Water. Our stand remains that the authority to grant franchise is on the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and not the city government,” she told BusinessWorld.

    Ms. Castro added that they are open to competition provided that the correct legal procedures are observed.

    “Water is not an exclusive thing. We are not questioning the exclusivity because water is a basic need. It is not the competition per se, in fact we welcome it, but it should be done in the legal process,” she said.

    For his part, TPGI President and CEO, Ryan Yapkianwee said in a statement that the company and Manila Water are “looking forward to service the people of Metro Iloilo by offering a safe and stable water supply system that can respond to their daily needs.”

    A unit of Pure Energy Holdings Corporation, TPGI is currently operating in cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite, and Negros.


  • February 1, 2019 - Tubig Pilipinas bags Nabua water project
    BusinessWorld


    TUBIG PILIPINAS Group, Inc. has been awarded a P600-million joint venture project by the Nabua Water District to develop and handle the water supply and septage system of Nabua town in Camarines Sur province, the company said on Thursday.

    Ryan Yapkianwee, president and chief executive officer of Tubig Pilipinas, said the project moves the company closer to its goal of providing more efficient and cost-effective water supply systems in the Philippines, including the underserved areas.

    “We look forward to closing more long term contracts in the near future, that may include some areas in Mindanao and Northern Luzon,” he said in a statement.

    The notice of award for the Nabua project was given on Jan. 30. It covers the overall design, construction, and management of the water supply and septage system of the town’s water district.

    Tubig Pilipinas will be in charge of the water supply and septage systems of Nabua for 30 years until the year 2049. The contract is renewable for another 20 years.

    As of mid-2017, Nabua’s water district supplies water to 39 barangays of the municipality. It draws 60,000 cubic meters from Santiago Old Pumping Station and 45,000 cubic meters from Baao Water District and Iriga City Water District.

    Mr. Yapkianwee said the company is beginning to build its footprint in the Visayas, with several projects in the area.

    “We have a bulk water project currently supplying Bacolod City and expanding to phase 2. Our operations in Cadiz City are set to supply 4,000 households which is home to 20,000 people, and another is the Calbayog City concession that we recently closed in December,” he said.

    Tubig Pilipinas quoted Jayson Santiago Hernandez, chairperson of Nabua Water District joint venture selection committee, as saying: “We look forward to our partnership with Tubig Pilipinas. They have been serving sustainable waterworks systems all over the country and have proven to be capable of providing potable, safe and reliable water.”

    It described Nabua as a first class municipality with three existing potable water supply systems: Nabua Water District, Duran Water System and Sagumay Water System.

    Tubig Pilipinas, a unit of Pure Energy Holdings Corp., supplies, distributes, operates and manages water systems. It currently operates in cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite and Negros.


  • February 1, 2019 - Tubig Pilipinas Bags P600M Nabua Water Supply Deal
    League Online News

    CAMARINES SUR - Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. (TPGI) has been issued a Notice of Award on the P600 million joint venture project by the Nabua Water District (NAWAD) on January 30, 2019 for the overall design, construction, and management of the water supply and septage system of Nabua Water District in the Municipality of Nabua, Camarines Sur.

    Tubig Pilipinas will be in charge of the water supply and septage systems of NAWAD for thirty years until the year 2049, and is renewable for another twenty years.

    “We look forward to our partnership with Tubig Pilipinas. They have been serving sustainable waterworks systems all over the country and have proven to be capable of providing potable, safe and reliable water,” said Jayson Santiago Hernandez, Chairperson of Nabua Water District Joint Venture Selection Committee.

    Tubig Pilipinas is one of the fastest growing bulk water suppliers, water distribution systems and wastewater management companies in the country today.

    “We are beginning to build our footprint in Visayas, as this is our 4th project here. We have a bulk water project currently supplying Bacolod City and expanding to phase 2. Our operations in Cadiz City are set to supply 4,000 households which is home to 20,000 people, and another is the Calbayog City concession that we recently closed in December. Our joint venture with NAWAD will be a step closer to our goal of providing more efficient and cost effective water supply systems in the Philippines, especially to the underserved areas,” said Ryan Yapkianwee, President and CEO of TPGI.

    Nabua is a first class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur that has three existing potable water supply systems: NAWAD, Duran Water System and Sagumay Water System.

    As of June 2017, NAWAD supplies water to 39 barangays of Nabua. It currently draws 60,000 cu. m from Santiago Old Pumping Station and 45,000 cu.m from Baao Water District and Iriga City Water District respectively.

    TubigPilipinas Group, Inc. is engaged with the business of supplying, distributing, operating and managing water systems. The company currently is operating in major cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite, and Negros.


  • February 1, 2019 - Pure Energy Holdings Corp. bags P600-million water supply deal
    The Philippine Star

    MANILA, Philippines — The water unit of Pure Energy Holdings Corp. has bagged the P600-million Nabua water supply deal in Camarines Sur, growing its footprint beyond the Visayas region.

    Pure Energy said its subsidiary Tubig Pilipinas Group Inc. (TPGI) has been issued a notice of award on the P600-million joint venture project by the Nabua Water District (NAWAD) in the municipality of Nabua, Camarines Sur.

    This covers the overall design, construction, and management of the water supply and septage system of NAWAD.

    Under the deal, TPGI will be in charge of the water supply and septage systems of NAWAD for 30 years until the year 2049, and is renewable for another 20 years.

    Nabua is a first class municipality in the province of Camarines Sur that has three existing potable water supply systems: NAWAD, Duran Water System and Sagumay Water System.

    As of June 2017, NAWAD supplies water to 39 barangays of Nabua. It currently draws 60,000 cu. m from Santiago Old Pumping Station and 45,000 cu.m from Baao Water District and Iriga City Water District, respectively.

    This is the company’s fourth bulk water project to-date, three of which are located in the Visayas region.

    “We are beginning to build our footprint as this is our fourth project,” TPGI president and CEO Ryan Yapkianwee said.

    “Our joint venture with NAWAD will be a step closer to our goal of providing more efficient and cost effective water supply systems in the Philippines, especially to the underserved areas,” he added.

    TPGI has operations in Cadiz City which is set to supply 4,000 households and another in the Calbayog City with the concession closed in December.

    “We look forward to closing more long term contracts in the near future, that may include some areas in Mindanao and Northern Luzon,” Yapkianwee said.

    TPGI is engaged in the business of supplying, distributing, operating and managing water systems.

    With its affiliate Princess Urduja Waterworks System Inc., it is operating in major cities and towns in Pangasinan, Isabela, Cavite, and Negros.

    Pure Energy Holdings Corp. is an investment holding company that aims to strategically acquire assets, develop natural resources that are sustainable.

    It is currently engaged in renewable energy and bulk water services and or distribution to various cities, municipalities, and communities in the Philippines.


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