Prov’l Gov’t Leads Turn-Over, Groundbreaking of Various High-Impact Infra Projects

The level three potable water system in Barangay Central, Manay.

MANAY, DAVAO ORIENTAL— The Provincial Government has recently led a series of turn-over and groundbreaking ceremonies of various high-impact infrastructure projects.

Three Potable Water System have been officially turned over on July 18 in the barangays of Central, Holy Cross, and San Ignacio, giving residents here easier access to clean and safe drinking water.

Overwhelmed villagers, who for many years endured difficulty in accessing potable water, say they are now relieved as these government’s projects are now making their lives a lot easier.

The water system in Barangay Central, which is funded under the Department of Interior and Local Government’s (DILG) Salintubig program, costs P10 Million.

Governor Dayanghirang leads the turn-over ceremony of level two potable water system in Purok Cabugan, Barangay Holy Cross, Manay.

Water systems in Barangay Holy Cross and San Ignacio were funded under the Performance Challenge Program, still from the DILG, amounting to P2 Million each.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, who led the separate turn-over ceremonies in the three barangays, said that it is part of the infrastructure development of the province to address the water shortage in the villages. He urged the villagers to strictly observe the rules to preserve the potability of the new water systems. He said that the residents should refrain from illegally tapping on water pipes as it will contaminate the water system.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang says that everyone should cooperate and help each other for the sustainability of new potable water system.

Dayanghirang also told residents of Barangay Central to upgrade their water distribution line as they now have level three water system which requires larger pipes. The Local Government Unit of Manay will allocate funding to rehabilitate the barangay’s distribution line to avoid leaking and possible blasting of water pipes due to sediments deposited in it. He said that water distribution should be improved to sustain the project.

“It is important to ensure that every project is being implemented well and being taken care of by the recipients for it to become sustainable. We can do that by helping each other out in achieving a common goal which is to provide sufficient water to everyone,” the governor said.

All sub-villages in Barangay Central will benefit from the project.

Residents here, led by Punong Barangay Aristia Tibug, uttered their utmost thanks to Governor Dayanghirang.

Punong Barangay Aristia Tibug of Central, Manay, thanks Governor Dayanghirang for their new potable water system.

“This is what we dreamed here for a long time— to have an efficient source of water. Now, we will no longer experience inconvenience in performing our daily routines, especially our children who attend school, or even us who must go to work,” said PB Tibug.

Elvira Casagda of Purok Cabugan, Barangay Holy Cross, said that having the new water system in their area “feels like a great load of work has been removed from our shoulders”.

“We have been using water pump here for two years and it is quite an inconvenience for us especially when washing our clothes or when merely fetching water to use at home because the work to be done is doubled. But with this new water system, it is now easier to get things done. That is why I really thank Governor Dayanghirang,” she said.

The level two PWS was constructed solely for Purok Cabugan in Barangay Holy Cross.

The level two potable water system in Barangay Sana Ignacio, Manay.

In Barangay San Ignacio, 3 Puroks will benefit on the level two potable water system which is an augmentation to the existing water system in the barangay.

Road Infrastructure to Mobilize Development

Aside from the water system, the Provincial Government also bids to improve road connectivity from the economic center to Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs).

Governor Dayanghirang, represented by Vice Governor Niño Sotero Uy, led the groundbreaking ceremony of the road upgrading from gravel to concrete in Barangay Del Pilar on July 19.

Vice Governor Uy, who represented Governor Dayanghirang, leads the groundbreaking ceremony of a P50 Million road concreting project in Barangay Del Pilar in the town of Manay.

Amounting P50 Million funded under the DILG’s Conditional Matching Grant to Provinces, the project covers 2.8 kilometers from the National Highway junction up to Barangay Del Pilar. The road concreting project stretches further to Barangay Rizal.

Poised to spur economic activities and to uplift the lives of the farmers in the area, Punong Barangay Elegrino Paciano said he is glad that the provincial government has addressed the most urgent need in their community. He said this will greatly benefit their community as it will allow the farmers to transport their products faster to the downtown area.

Punong Barangay Elegrino Paciano

“Our community is abundant with coconut, corn, rice, abaca, and many other agricultural products. However, because of poor road condition, the delivery of products to the market is delayed, reducing its quality and consequently the product’s value. With this road concreting project set to be constructed in our barangay, we will be earning better from our agricultural products,” he said.

Meanwhile, reiterating that development and peace always come together, 67th Infantry Battalion commander Lt. Col. Jacob Thaddeus Obligado, said that improving road condition especially on GIDAs is important in achieving genuine peace.

“While the road is getting better, the insurgents go farther. That is why, for more than a year now, the insurgents haven’t been here. As I would always say: where the road ends, insurgency begins; where the road begins, insurgency ends,” Obligado said.

The stakeholders who participated the groundbreaking ceremony.

Rotchie M. Ravelo, Provincial Agriculturist and at the same time focal person of the provincial government’s flagship program called Nagkakaisang Lingkod-Bayan ng Davao Oriental Barangay Outreach Caravan (NLD-BOC) said that the provision of the road concreting program can be attributed to the conduct of NLD-BOC. He said that through the NLD caravan, the government has seen the immediate needs of communities.

“Through the NLD-BOC, we can immediately identify the needs and connect it where it should be connected, who should provide the fund. Because of the caravan we have recognized the economic and agricultural condition of an area. So, the NLD-BOC really facilitates the implementation of different programs,” said Ravelo.

The groundbreaking ceremony was held during the NLD-BOC in Barangay Del Pilar in the town of Manay. By Riza M. Golez/Photos by Eden Jhan Licayan

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