Pormal nang binuksan ng Laguna Water District Aquatech Resources Corporation (LARC) ang kanilang main line na maghahatid ng tubig sa mga residente ng Brgy. Wakat at Brgy. Manaol sa Nagcarlan, Laguna noong Disyembre 22, 2016. Ang pagbubukas ng main line ng tubig ay pinangunahan ng mga opisyal ng LARC na sina G. Crisanto Hilario (Presidente ng LARC), Engr. Rodrigo Yabut (LARC Chief Operating Officer), at Engr. Mat Wilson Ramos (LARC General Manager) at ng mga opisyal mula sa Laguna Water District (LWD) na sina GM Pantaleon Tabanao, Chairman Benito Romena, at Director Ramon de Villa.
This year, LARC partnered with LWD and opened the competition to elementary and high school students of Los Baños, Bay and Calauan, Laguna to continue this worthy endeavor. The overwhelming number of interested participants required a qualifying round that was held in LWD’s office at Anos, Los Baños, Laguna. Only the top ten elementary and secondary students were allowed to continue to the contest proper. A board of evaluators were also present to verify the contestants’ answers and monitor the contest. LARC invited Prof. Myrna Rodriguez, UPLB Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences as the chairman of the board. As board members, LARC also invited a representative from the Department of Science and Technology IV-A, Ms. Jasmin Hamid and a representative from Department of Education Region IV-A, Mr. Christian S. Balino.
For this year, the winners of the elementary division were Clark Andrew S. Guieb with Coach Johla N. Bondad of South Hill School Incorporated, Los Baños (1st place); Troy Joseph L. Valencia with Coach Mary Joserie M. Libre of Maquiling School Incorporated, Los Baños (2nd place). The winners for the high school division were Theresa Mae D. Villanueva with Coach Johla N. Bondad of South Hill School Incorporated, Los Baños (1st place); Fatima Patricia C. Murphy with Coach Marife B. Toque of Laguna Science National High School, Bay (2nd place).
CALAMBA RTC CLEARS LAGUNA WATER DISTRICT JVA
In a decision signed last May 6, 2016, Calamba Regional Trial Court Judge Gregorio Velasquez dismissed the petition filed by Los Banos Councilor Norvin Tamisin last November 26, 2015 to prohibit the Laguna Water District from implementing a joint venture agreement with the consortium of Equi-Parco Construction Company, TwinPeak Hydro Resources Corporation, and MetroPac Water Investments Corporation to finance, rehabilitate, expand, improve, expand and maintain the water supply system of the towns of Los Banos, Bay, Calauan and Victoria.
Judge Velazquez dismissed the case for lack of merit citing that the court determined that Councilor Tamisin “failed to sufficiently allege acts constituting grave abuse of discretion amounting to excess or lack of jurisdiction that could warrant resort to the remedy of prohibition.”
Councilor Tamisin had previously filed a Petition for Mandamus with Application for Preliminary Injunction and/or Temporary Restraining Order last October 28, 2015 which was also dismissed last April 25, 2016. The court determined the petition “moot and academic” after the Laguna Water District provided the documents and information requested by Councilor Tamisin that complied with all the requirements for transparency under the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Joint Venture (JV) Guidelines for public-private partnership projects.