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USTDA GRANT SUPPORTS DESALINATION PLANT FOR
BAY CITY PHILIPPINES

 

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – (December 13, 2006) Reflecting the agency’s on-going commitment to the Philippines, USTDA awarded a grant amounting to $416,567 to the Association of Manila Bay Developers (AMBD) in designing a desalination plant for Bay City, Philippines.


The grant was conferred during a signing ceremony held at U.S. Commercial Service Office in Ayala Life FGU Building and Judy R. Reinke , Counselor of Embassy for Commercial Affairs and Delfin J. Wenceslao, Jr., AMBD Chairman signed the grant agreement on behalf of the U.S. and the association, respectively. Rachaneekorn Sriswasdi, USTDA Deputy Regional Director and Silvestre Bello III, General Manager of Philippine Reclamation Authority (PRA) acted as witnesses to the signing.

 

The grant will support AMBD’s objective of developing a desalination facility to meet the projected water demands in the Bay City Development Area. In 2002, AMBD conducted an initial review of the water supply in the area and determined that demand could increase six-fold over the next twelve years as a result of growth in residential buildings, educational facilities, and the SM Mall of Asia. To meet these needs, the AMBD is working

Pictured here at the USTDA grant signing ceremony on the design of a desalination plant for Bay City, Philippines are Rachaneekorn Sriswasdi, USTDA Deputy Regional Manager for Asia; Judy Reinke, Commercial Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Manila; Delfin J. Wenceslao, AMBD Chairman; and Silvestre Bello III, General Manager for the Philippine Reclamation Authority.
Pictured here at the USTDA grant signing ceremony on the design of a desalination plant for Bay City, Philippines are Rachaneekorn Sriswasdi, USTDA Deputy Regional Manager for Asia; Judy Reinke, Commercial Affairs Counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Manila; Delfin J. Wenceslao, AMBD Chairman; and Silvestre Bello III, General Manager for the Philippine Reclamation Authority.

towards identifying an alternative source of water. AMBD requested USTDA assistance, valued at $416,567, to contract with a U.S. firm to identify the construction and operational specifications of the desalination facility.

 

The opportunity to provide services to AMBD pursuant to the USTDA grant will be competed on the Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps) website at www.fbo.gov. Interested U.S firms should submit proposals following the instructions in the FedBizOpps announcement. AMBD will select the U.S. firm that will provide the USTDA-funded assistance.

 

The U.S. Trade and Development Agency advances economic development and U.S. commercial interests in developing and middle-income countries. The agency funds various forms of technical assistance, early investment analysis, training, orientation visits and business workshops that support the development of a modern infrastructure and a fair and open trading environment. USTDA's strategic use of foreign assistance funds to support sound investment policy and decision-making in host countries creates an enabling environment for trade, investment and sustainable economic development. In carrying out its mission, USTDA gives emphasis to economic sectors that may benefit from U.S. exports of goods and services.

 

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