MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco inaugurated the tunnel boring machine on February 5, 2018 at Sitio Spar, Brgy Bigte Norzagaray, Bulacan. The machine named Veronica, will be used to excavate AWTIP tunnel no. 4 that will be constructed to provide additional flow of raw water from Ipo to La Mesa dam.
The AWTIP is an MWSS project aimed at improving reliability and security of the raw water coming from the Angat Dam through rehabilitation of the transmission system from Ipo to Angat Dam. Implementation is being done by winning contractor CMC-Ravenna.
Present in the inauguration were Maynilad led by COO Randolph Estrellado, Manila Water executives, MWSS Board of Trustee Col. Acosta, Trustee Merly Cruz, MWSS-CO DA Leonor Cleofas and other MWSS officers, First Balfour representatives, CMC di Ravenna staff, Municipal Staff of Norzagaray,Bulacan and Frey-Fil Corporation representatives.
Ambassador of Italy to the Philippines Giorgio Gugliemino gave the keynote speech which was followed by the blessing of the TBM by Rev. Fr. Joey Cruz. After this, a champagne bottle breaking ceremony was led by DA Leonor Cleofas followed by TBM presentation and demonstration conducted by the CMC. Closing remarks was given by Mr. Andrea Ciamei and Salvatore La Valle of CMC Ravenna concluding the inauguration ceremony.