September 4, 2018 marks another milestone for Malaybalay City Water District after the successful blessing and inauguration of the newly completed 500 cubic meter reinforced concrete ground reservoir at Brgy. Kalasungay, Malaybalay City.
The blessing and inauguration of the new ground reservoir was attended by the Brgy. Chairman of Brgy. Kalasungay Honorable Rodrigo Niere who led the ribbon cutting and turning on of the blow-off valve of the new reservoir assisted by the MCWD Board of Directors headed by Director Jorge Lagumbay, Director Manny James Cudal, Director Violeta Tabios Director Roberto Tinsay Jr, Director Alberto Lagamon and General Manager Glenrose T. Ledesma.
The new 500 cu.m ground reservoir will serve as additional storage capacity that will improve the water supply reliability in Brgy. Kalasungay and will further boost the water pressure in the Poblacion areas. It will also will pave way to future development and completion of the distribution system in the Dalwangan Water System Project.
During the event, Board Chairman Lagumbay recalled that the construction of a reinforced concrete mini dam and pipe laying until the Kabakahan Bridge which constituted Phase I and II of said project was completed in 2013 in the amount of Thirty Million Pesos (P30,000,000.00) through the Department of Public Works and Highways. However, upon the declaration by the Supreme Court of the unconstitutionality of the Priority Development Assistance Fund (PDAF), the release of the remaining Thirty Million Pesos (P30,000,000.00) for the construction of water treatment plant in Barangay Dalwangan composing of the pump station, upflow settling tank, filtration tank, storage tanks and field office were not realized.
To make use of the unfinished project, the MCWD allocated funds to lay additional pipes from the Kabakahan Bridge to the Kalasungay Filtration Facility to make use of the raw water that is conveyed by the 8-inch and 6-inch transmission lines from Dalwangan.
This Kalasungay Filtration Facility supplies around 18% of the water supply in the City of Malaybalay. The commissioning of the Lalawan Intake Dam provided additional water supply to Kalasungay with a discharge of 40 lps. Combined with the existing water sources of Kalasungay namely Bag-as and Lumayagan Creeks, the filtration facility can process 3,000 cu.m. of treated water per day. This increase in water production brought about by additional supply of raw water from Lalawan Creek prompted the construction of an additional storage facility of 500 cubic meter capacity for Kalasungay service area.
Presently with the fully operational new ground reservoir, it can now serve its major recipient barangay which is Brgy. Kalasungay with sufficient water supply and expanding its service area by supplying water to the soon-to-rise Panorama Heights Subdivision, a project of the Provincial Government of Bukidnon under the administration of Gov.Jose Ma. R. Zubiri.
The said blessing and inauguration of the 500 cu.m reservoir is very timely as the MCWD likewise celebrates its 43rd anniversary this month of September with the theme, “MCWD @ 43: Gearing Up Towards Excellence”. Said event was witnessed by the different guests from the city of Malaybalay and Province of Bukidnon - Mr. Dan Dumalahay, President of Bukidnon Chamber of Commerce and Industry Foundation Inc., members of the Brgy. Council of Brgy. Kalasungay, Hon. Kathleen Cecille Pagaling, Brgy. Chairperson of Brgy. Dalwangan, Mr. Randy Batillier representative of Civil Service Commission - Bukidnon, former MCWD general manager Juanito C. Aroa as well the Board of Directors and General Managers of the members of Bukidnon Association of Water Districts.