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BWD defends deep well drilling project at Camp 7
by PIO release

The Baguio Water District (BWD) said that its deep well drilling project in Barangay Camp 7 will benefit hundreds of consumers in barangays Camp 7, Loakan Proper, and Bakakeng Norte/Sur once it will be completed.

BWD officials who appeared before the regular session of the city council last week said that the district was able to secure the required permits for the project that is geared towards increasing the water supply of the residents.

Aside from the resolution endorsing the project from Barangay Camp 7, BWD was able to secure permit from the National Water Resources Board among other required permits from concerned government agencies.

The deep well project is located below the Camp 7 Elementary School or within the area leading to the major river system.

Earlier, concerned residents from Barangay Camp 7 expressed their opposition to the deep well project claiming that the BWD project will deplete the water in their springs where they source their daily supply.

The petitioners said that past experiences proved that due to the put up of similar deep well projects in the area, the water in their springs were depleted that resulted in the inadequate water supply in their residences.

Members of the city council reminded the BWD and the petitioners to discuss the solutions to the impasse.

The residents also submitted their petition to the Cordillera office of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples and asked the latter to make as a requirement the conduct of the free and prior informed consent (FPIC) for the project but the office did not clarify whether or not the water district is required to secure FPIC.

BWD said that the water is a resource owned by the State and under existing laws, rules, and regulations, water districts are empowered by the State to manage, use, and oversee the implementation of projects geared towards the preservation, protection, and proper use of water resource.

The utility belied the claim of the affected residents that the water in their spring source will be affected. They said the project will not result in the total depletion of their source of water supply.


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