Mindoro, Philippines — The Local Government of Puerto Galera launched one of its major projects, the Sewage Collection and Treatment System, on 8 August with a motorcade participated in by municipal and barangay (village) officials. the PhP100-million project aims to address marine pollution problems in Barangay Sabang.
Mayor Hubert A. Dolor, together with barangay officials, several members of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB, Municipal Council), as well as a representative from the Sangguniang Panlalawigan (Provincial Legislative Board), unveiled the project marker in front of the local community. Representatives from resort owners expressed their support for the Project. Councilors Virleo Persia and Grace Magbuhos likewise committed to pass the necessary ordinances to support the implementation of the Project.With the technical assistance of PEMSEA, the Local Government will implement the Project under the national Build-Operate-Transfer Law. The municipality's Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) has invited the private sector to bid for the Project, which will be implemented under a Build-Transfer scheme. Prior to the launch, a pre-bid conference was held with five prospective bidders attending. Several issues on the Project, the Request for Proposals, as well as the bidding procedures were raised and clarified. The opening of bids is scheduled on 21 October 2008.The private sector is expected to construct a centralized sewage collection system from households and establishments in Barangay Sabang and including the sitio (zone/commune) of Big Lalaguna and Small Lalaguna. The project area has about 22,000 local permanent residents, 775 room accommodations with 754 commercial establishments, which account for at least half of the total tourism activities in Puerto Galera.