Apo Agua statement on pipeline incident

by Admin-Phmp

It is with deep regret that we confirm the untimely death of our Contractor’s worker following an incident at the site last Friday, April 21, 2023.

WITCO Construction & Development Corporation, one of the contractors for the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project reported to us that four (4) workers conducting internal cleaning inside a pipeline in Barangay Buhangin Proper had difficulty breathing.

Davao City 911 and the Barangay Buhangin Proper Community Emergency Response Team were immediately called for rescue and promptly pulled out three (3) workers from the pipeline and are now in stable condition.

The remaining worker was later retrieved by an emergency crew and brought to Southern Philippines Medical Center but was unfortunately pronounced dead due to suffocation.

We are cooperating with authorities to investigate the matter further as workplace safety is something we take very seriously. We extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to the family and loved ones of the deceased in this difficult time.

About the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP)

The Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project of the Davao City Water District (DCWD) is one of the country’s largest bulk water supply infrastructure projects that will shift Davao City’s dependence from groundwater wells as its main water supply to the more sustainably-sourced surface water from the Tamugan River.

The DCBWSP involves two components: Part A component is handled by Apo Agua Infrastructura Inc (Apo Agua) that involves the construction of Raw Water Intake facilities, Water Treatment Plant, and Treated Water Pipelines; Part B is being handled by the DCWD, involves the tapping and interconnecting of pipes, installation of reservoirs and laying of distribution lines. The distribution of water to the consumers will remain solely with DCWD. 

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