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Tagaytay tourism taking

water away from Cavite


residents?
The National Water and Resources Board allows a private company to extract water
from 4 rivers to supply it to Tagaytay, potentially depriving other towns

Pia Ranada
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Published 6:03 PM, June 19, 2014

Updated 6:03 PM, June 19, 2014

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TAGAYTAY TOURISM. A commercial boom in the popular tourism destination is threatening the city's
water supply. Photo from Drumlanrig from Wikimedia Commons

MANILA, Philippines Environmentalists and concerned citizens of Cavite filed a


petition for Writ of Kalikasan on Wednesday, June 18, to scrap a project that threatens
the province's water supply.

The Save Water in Indang Movement (SWIM) accuses PTK2 H2O Corporation of
building a dam and water delivery pipes aimed at extracting more water than is
sustainable from 3 major watersheds in Cavite. (READ: Bulacan deforestation 'drying
up' Metro Manila water supply)

The project is for PTK2 H2O to fulfill a contract it signed with the Tagaytay City Water
District (TCWD) in 2012. A government-owned and controlled corporation, the TCWD
contracted the company to supply 50,000 cubic meters of water a day to be delivered to
Tagaytay City's commercial establishments, hotels, and real estate projects.
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This amount of water, however, is more than the 3 watersheds can supply if they are
also to provide water for the 12 other local government units surrounding them.

The project "allows the extraction of water ultimately for commercial and industrial use
in the single City of Tagaytay to the prejudice of domestic and municipal appropriation
for 12 cities and municipalities of Cavite Province in violation of the Water Code," reads
the petition.

The 50,000 cubic meters a day is 77.1% of the total amount of water discharged by the
4 major rivers that spring from the watersheds 64,885.6 cubic meters a day.

According to Noel Sedigo, environmental scientist and chairman of the forestry


department of Cavite State University (CSU), "the rule of thumb is that no more than
30% of a river's average flow can be taken out each year without risking a shortfall in
supply every 20 years."

Respondents in the petition include the TCWD for entering into the contract, the
National Water and Resources Board (NWRB) for granting PTK2 H2O the water rights
to extract that volume of water, and the Department of Environment and Natural
Resources (DENR) Region IV for issuing an Environmental Compliance Certificate
without the required documents.

'Environmentally critical project'

The TCWD entered into a contract with PTK2 H2O in April 2012 because it recognized
that the current water supply of Tagaytay City would not be enough to sustain the many
commercial establishments and hotels currently being built there.

Tagaytay City is one of the most popular tourism destinations in Luzon because of its
cool climate and view of Taal Lake. Recent years have seen condominiums,
restaurants, hotels, and even theme parks sprout all over the city.

"During the summer season, long holidays and weekends, water demand is expected to
increase tremendously, even as high as double the normal demand, and upon
completion and full operation of all the ongoing establishments and hotels currently
being built," reads the water supply contract.

Because of the city's "dire need of additional water resources," the NWRB granted
PTK2 H2O the rights to source water from the 4 rivers generated by the watersheds and
which flow from the town of Indang, namely the Ikloy, Indang, Lambak, and Saluysoy
rivers.

At first, the contract was for 10,000 cubic meters a day or 3.6 million cubic meters a
year. But a new contract, signed in July that year, was for the company to increase the
volume to 50,000 cubic meters a day or 18.25 million cubic meters a year.

However, a study by the CSU in Indang shows that the 4 rivers are capable of delivering
only 36,400 cubic meters a day. The study was commissioned to assess Cavite's bulk
water supply.

"Practically the entire province of Cavite is sacrificed to benefit real estate moguls who
seek to rake in billions in profits from their Tagaytay investments," decried SWIM legal
counsel Renecio Espiritu.

Citing the study that he conducted for CSU the result of 20 years worth of research on
Cavite's ground and surface water system Sedigo concludes in his affidavit that PTK2
H2O's project is an "environmentally critical project" with "severely adverse and
dangerous effects to the environment."

No proper environmental assessment

SWIM also criticized DENR Region IV-A for issuing an Environmental Compliance
Certificate (ECC) without the required Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) that would
comprehensively assess the possible environmental hazards the project would cause.

PTK2 H2O also only secured the ECC after the water permits were issued.

"In other words, the ECC is incomplete and issued as an afterthought. Under the law,
the ECC and the requisite EIS are conditions prior to and not after the issuance of
permits," reads the petition.

The ECC allows the company to build an intake structure, booster pumps, flocculation
and sedimentation basin, pressure filter tanks, effluent channels, booster pumping
stations, water pipes, and administration buildings in the village of Kayquit II in Indang.
PTK2 H2O has already begun construction on pavements and pumping stations.
The project also led to the cutting down of trees, some of which were native molave
species, which also allegedly lacked an ECC.

The legal office of DENR Region IV-A told Rappler they cannot comment on the case
because they have not yet received a copy of the petition.

"We will hold a technical conference hearing about the project on July 3. We will invite
the complainant and other concerned stakeholders," said Faina Ifurung of the legal
office.

Despite repeated attempts to call the PTK2 H2O office, Rappler was met by a busy
phone line.

NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David Jr also said they cannot comment on the issue
since they have yet to receive a copy of the petition.

However, he told Rappler that the permit issued to PTK2 H2O does not require an ECC
beforehand based on the Water Code.

"Based on our procedures, an ECC is not required for issuance of a water permit. We
have applications that require an ECC but in this case, since it is bulk water, an ECC is
not required," he said.

Questioned on the alleged unsustainable amount of water his office allows PTK2 H2O
to extract, Sevilla said, "We have to check on that because part of our technical
assessment is to look at the availability of the supply of water. We have our own
evaluation process." Rappler.com

2,000 rally against stalled


water project in Cavite
By: Maricar Cinco - Correspondent / @maricarcincoINQ
Inquirer Southern Luzon / 12:01 AM May 20, 2014

Residents from the adjoining towns of Indang and Naic in Cavite province staged a
rally on Monday against a questionable water supply project that the Cavite provincial
government had earlier ordered stopped due to the controversies surrounding it.
Catholic priest Fr. Von Arellano, political relations officer of the group called Save
Waters of Indang Movement, said around 2,000 joined the protest march that
culminated at the patio of St. Gregory the Great Parish in Indang before forming a
human chain to express their opposition to the water project of PTK2 H2O Corp.

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The company, according to documents obtained from the provincial government, is a


Makati-based bulk-water operator that entered into a contract with the Tagaytay City
Water District on April 23, 2012.

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The contract involves the supply of 10,000 cubic meters of potable water to Tagaytay, a
tourist city in Cavite, over a period of 20 years beginning May 31.

The water was supposed to be drawn from the rivers of Ikloy, Indang, Lambak and
Saluysoy, all located in Indang.

The company in January this year started building a water intake and filtration system
in Barangay Kayquit II. But on April 4, the Cavite government issued a cease and desist
order (CDO) to stop the pipe-laying activities, as it turned out that the company failed
to secure a number of permits and clearances.
The Cavite provincial board, in a copy of its April 30 report, also found that the
certificate to utilize water resources issued by Indang Mayor Bienvenido Dimero did
not have the backing of his municipal board.

The Inquirer on Monday tried to seek comments from Dimero but he could not be
reached through his mobile phone.

The Inquirer also tried to get comments from the water company through the office
number listed on the bidding records submitted in Tagaytay City. The phone number
was that of the De Guzman-Dionido and Associates Law Office but the person who
took the call said the counsel for the company, Rick Cachola, was unavailable for an
interview.

According to the records of the Cavite provincial government, the water company
president was an Atty. Crisoloto Dionido.

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Weak

The project raised legal and environmental issues, as Arellano claimed that they had
documentation showing that the company proceeded to work secretly to complete
its facilities in Indang.

A CDO [from the provincial government] is just as weak, given that a national
[government] agency can easily supersede it, he said in a phone interview.

Provincial government records showed that PTK2 H2O applied for water rights in 2008
and was granted the water permits by the National Water Resources Board on May 28,
2012, despite incomplete requirements.

It was also learned that the Cavite Provincial Government Environment and Natural
Resources Office was not aware of the project, even if the company was granted an
environmental compliance certificate last year by the regional Environmental
Management Bureau.
Noel Sedigo, department chair of Cavite State Universitys Department of Forestry and
Environment Sciences, said on Monday that the water intake system put at risk Ikloy
Rivers flora and fauna.

Ikloy River, he said, is part of the Lambak watershed and is home to 100 indigenous
tree species, 72 medicinal plants and 31 commercial fish.

Aside from Indang, where less than 55 percent of its households enjoy a regular water
supply from Ikloy, Naic also sources its irrigation water from the Indang river system.

What we need right now is an independent study to find out the amount of river flow,
as this might impact the downstream, Sedigo said.

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Writ sought to stop Cavite


water project
By: Maricar Cinco - Correspondent / @maricarcincoINQ
Inquirer Southern Luzon / 07:26 AM June 23, 2014

The Court of Appeals. FILE PHOTO

LOS BANOS, PhilippinesA group of concerned residents from the towns of Indang
and Naic in Cavite has filed a petition in the Court of Appeals for the issuance of a writ
of kalikasan for the government to stop what it described as a destructivewater
project in Indang.

The petition was the latest action by the Save Waters of Indang Movement (SWIM)
against a project meant to draw thousands of cubic meters of water from Indangs
rivers.

On June 3, the group, with members from the Church and the academe, lodged a case
of graft and corruption and dereliction of duties in the Office of the Ombudsman
against Indang Mayor Bienvenido Dimero, Vice Mayor Perfecto Fidel and five
members of the municipal council.
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It said the local officials were amiss for allowing the bulk-water operator, PTK2 H2O
Corp., to lay its pipes and construct a water intake and filtration system although the
company lacked a number of government permits and clearances.
Our prayer was to get a temporary restraining order on this project, SWIM political
relations officer and Catholic priest Von Arellano said in a phone interview.

PTK2 H2O Corp., with an office in Makati City, entered into a contract with the city
government of Tagaytay on April 23, 2012, to supply Cavites premier city and tourist
destination with 10,000 cubic meters of potable water from the rivers of Ikloy,
Saluysoy, Limbon and Pulo, all in Indang, over 20 years.

On April 4, the provincial government issued a cease-and-desist order, but SWIM


claimed the company secretly continued laying pipes with almost 80 percent of its
facilities in Indang already completed.

The Inquirer tried to seek comments from Dimero, but the mayor was unavailable for a
phone interview. A member of his staff, Ver Crusen, said the mayor has not heard of
any case filed and therefore has no basis to give his comment.

The ground water of Indang could not sustain the project. A lot of farmers are also
dependent on it, Arellano said. He cited a 2003 study funded by the Japan
International Cooperation Agency, which showed that only 30 percent of the total
ground water could be utilized and exceeding this amount could spell adverse effects on
the rivers.

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CA stops water supply


project for Tagaytay City
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Posted at Jul 14 2014 05:26 PM | Updated as of Jul 15 2014 01:26 AM
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MANILA - The Court of Appeals (CA) has issued a writ of kalikasan, with a
temporary environmental protection order (TEPO), against the extraction of
water from 4 rivers in Indang, Cavite as part of the water supply for Tagaytay
City Water District (TCWD).
In a 4-page resolution, the CA's Special First Division issued the writ of
kalikasan with TEPO against PTK2 H2O Corporation, which has a water
supply contract with TCWD.
Under the TEPO, the company is temporarily prohibited to extract water from
any of the affected rivers in Indang.
The order also directed PTK2 H2O to cease and desist from excavating,
cutting trees, and undertaking related construction works under the contract.
In the petition filed by Save Waters of Indang Cavite Movement Inc. (SWIM),
the group argued that PTK2 H2O's contract with TCWD will require the
extraction of a minimum 50,000 cubic meter per day from the four major rivers
in Indang: Lambak, Indang, Saluysoy, and Ikloy rivers.
The group noted that a study conducted to assess the supply potential of
these rivers reveals that only 6.4 mega-liters per day, or 36,400 cubic meters
per day can be extracted from these rivers to maintain sustainability.
Otherwise, the rivers will dry up and destroy three watersheds in the province
of Cavite.
"PTK2 H2O's contract with TCWD will effectively require the extra extraction
of no less than 50,000 cu.m per day for Tagaytay City only, grossly beyond
the sustainable capacity of the four rivers and to the prejudice and detriment
of about 12 cities and municipalities of Cavite, where the affected rivers flow,
particularly: alfonso, Amadeo, Dasmarinas City, Gen. E. Aguinaldo, Indang,
Mendez, Naic, Rosario, silang, Tagaytay City, Tanza, and Trece Martirez
City," the group noted.
The project is supposed to increase the supply of potable water in Tagaytay
City, as demand continues to increase due to proliferation of hotels and other
commercial establishments in the area.
The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has granted PTK2 H2O the
necessary permits.
The company has also applied for an increase in the allowable extraction rate
for water in Lambak and Ikloy rivers.
After securing approval, the company started the construction of its intake
structure, booster pumps and other buildings necessary for its operation.
It also applied for, and was granted an Environmental Compliance Certificate
by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), allowing
the company to commence excavation and pipe-laying operations in
Barangay Kayquit, Indang.
SWIM noted that in the process, PTK2 H2O cut many trees along the banks of
Ikloy River.
The group also noted that the contract between PTK2 H2O and TCWD
violated the provisions of Presidential Decree No. 1151, or the Philippine
Environmental Policy; the Presidential Decree No. 1586, or the Environmental
Impact Statement System Policy; Republic Act Nos. 3571 and 3572, which
prohibits cutting of trees without required permits; and destruction of protected
areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas System (NIPAS) Act.
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CA stops water extraction from 4 rivers


in Cavite town
By Edu Punay (The Philippine Star) | Updated July 16, 2014 - 12:00am

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MANILA, Philippines - The Court of Appeals (CA) has stopped a water company from utilizing four rivers in
Indang town in Cavite to supply water to households in Tagaytay City.

In a four-page resolution released Monday, the appellate courts Special First Division issued a writ of kalikasan
and temporary environmental protection order (TEPO) enjoining PTK2 H2O Corp. from extracting water from
the Lambak, Indang, Saluysoy and Ikloy rivers as part of its water supply contract with the Tagaytay City Water
District (TCWD).

The TEPO also directed the water company to cease and desist from excavating, cutting trees, and
undertaking related construction work under the contract.

The CA acted on the petition of the Save Waters of Indang, Cavite Movement Inc. (SWIM), which alleged that
the companys contract with TCWD would require the extraction of a minimum 50,000 cubic meters per day
from the four major rivers in Indang.

This volume of water, according to SWIM, is grossly beyond the sustainable capacity of the four rivers and to
the prejudice and detriment of three cities and nine municipalities of Cavite.

The three cities are Dasmarias, Tagaytay and Trece Martires, and the towns are Alfonso, Amadeo, Gen. E.
Aguinaldo, Indang, Mendez, Naic, Rosario, Silang, and Tanza.

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SWIM cited a study assessing the supply potential of the four rivers that shows that to maintain sustainability,
only 6.4 megaliters or 36,400 cubic meters per day can be extracted from the rivers, otherwise these will dry up
and destroy three Cavite watersheds that are protected areas under the National Integrated Protected Areas
System (NIPAS) Act.

The project is supposed to boost supply of potable water to Tagaytay City due to increased demand from
hotels and commercial establishments there.

The PTK2 H2O holds permits from the National Water Resources Board.

The company applied for an increase in the allowable water extraction rate in the Lambak and Ikloy rivers, and
after securing approval, started to build an intake structure, booster pumps and other buildings, and install
water pipes.

It also applied for and was eventually granted an environmental compliance certificate by the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources, allowing it to start excavation and pipe-laying operations in Barangay
Kayquit, Indang.

In the process, SWIM said PTK2 H2O allegedly cut many trees along the banks of the Ikloy River.

In support of its petition, SWIM presented a study made by Noel Sedio, a professor of the Cavite State
University, finding that PTK2 H2Os 13-kilometer water and intake distribution structure would allegedly destroy
agriculture in Naic town and flora and fauna along the riverbanks.