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Water bottling plant opens
BY JUANCHO GALLARDE

The first water bottling plant in Negros was blessed and inaugurated in Brgy. Calabnugan, Sibulan town, Negros Oriental, recently.

The Wade Purified Drinking Water of Greenlife Ice and Water Corp. is owned by Wade Ortega of Cebu, and its products will be available soon in Dumaguete and the province at cheaper prices because these are locally produced, Farolito Aton, assistant vice president for Corporate Affairs and Marketing, said.

There will also be a purified ice and water refilling station, and the plant is more sophisticated than the ordinary refilling station since all its machineries and equipment were imported, plant manager Dante Sibi said.

The plant will produce its own bottles to save on costs and to preserve its design.It is fully automated and has a laboratory to regularly monitor the quality of water that will be sourced from the town, he added.

Sibi assured Negrenses that the product will be safe and of quality, and will pass all the requirements of the Department of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.

The owner’s wife, Stella Arellano Ortega, said they have invested almost P300 million for the water bottling, as well as a dressing plant and storage facility, all in Calabnugan, Sibulan.

Gov. Roel Degamo said the investment will give employment opportunities for Negrenses and revenues to the local government.*JG

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