By By Fernan A. Gianan
VIWAD’s filtration system not in use
posted 10-Sep-2019  ·  
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The administrator of the National Electrification Administration (NEA), Eduardo Masongsong, will again be the keynote speaker during the 42nd Annual General Membership Meeting of the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative, Inc. (FICELCO) this coming Sept. 7, 2019. Saturday, at the Plaza Rizal covered court in Virac.

Registration on site will be from 7 A.M. to 9 A.M. only, so late comers will no longer be accepted.

Pre-registration will be held in the different barangays and municipalities of the province so that the cooperative will attain the target attendance of 7 percent of the total membership or nearly 4,000.

According to reports, the cooperative will give consumer-members from far-flung municipalities and barangays cash for their transport fares, with the amount to likewise cover their snacks and lunch.

More than the vital issues that are expected to be raised during the forum, majority of the members will be intent on calling the intervention of the heavens so they would win one of the numerous prizes at stake during the raffle.


To those who failed to catch the message in last week’s frontpage photograph of the Cauayan reservoir of the Virac Water District, it should be understood that what is coming out of the faucets of concessionaires is essentially unfiltered water.

As shown in the picture, the only “filter” employed in the reservoir before the water flows out to the transmission and distribution pipes is that rectangular steel frame covered with a fine net that was placed on the outlet. The makeshift filter catches only leaves, small stones and other debris but will be unable to prevent mud and microscopic particles from flowing through the net and into the outlet pipe.

Water consumers should also be aware that at present, the water from the intake tank up in the Cauayan mountains does not go through the sedimentation tank and the rapid sand filter but instead goes directly to the reservoir. Both the tank and the filter is not being used at this time due to a technical flaw in its design and construction.

It is claimed that if the sedimentation tank and rapid sand filter are used, the water that could be accommodated in the reservoir could only come up to half its capacity even during the rainy season.

There is now a proposal to build a storage pond for excess water from the intake tank. Such a pond would require a relatively flat ground surrounded by mountains and should be large enough to accommodate a month’s supply of water.

This way, the water district could store excess water during rainy days and then distribute the same when the reservoir output drops to critical level. It could likewise use the relatively clean water in the pond to flow to the pipes in the event heavy rains and landslides turn the intake water muddy.


The Department of Health (DOH) has reportedly received a formal complaint regarding the management of a patient at a private hospital.

The complaint was filed by the family of the patient, who had contracted dengue but later died, with his death certificate indicating the cause as heart failure.

According to a source, the complaint alleges mismanagement on the part of the handling physician.

It is claimed that concerned persons have been given 10 days to reply to the allegations in the complaint.

The names of those involved have been withheld pending completion of the investigation.


    Couples and individuals who want to have a deeper and more intimate relationship with God are invited to attend the free Christian Life Seminar (CLS) of the Couples for Christ-Foundation for Family and Life (CFC-FFL) this Aug. 31 to Sept. 1 at Calatagan Chapel starting at 7:30 A.M.

    Be there! It would change your life!


THE UNLUCKY BURGLAR. “Get this,” said the bloke to his mates. “Last night while I was down the pub with you blokes, a burglar broke into my house.”

    “Did he get anything?” his mates asked.

    “Yeah, a broken jaw, six teeth knocked out, and a pair of broken nuts. Poor bastard. The wife thought it was me coming home drunk…”

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