Waterless Villages to Get Steady Access to Safe Water Supply

Ribboncutting ceremony of the P 10 million Potable Water System Project in Barangay Central, Manay.

DAVAO ORIENTAL – Three “waterless” villages in the municipality of Manay will soon have ready and steady access to clean and safe drinking water.

Residents and barangay officials of the three villages of Central, Holy Cross, and San Ignacio are overjoyed as they enthusiastically welcomed the implementation of the new Potable Water Systems in their communities.

Gov. Dayanghirang leads the ground breaking ceremony of the P10 million PWS in Central. Manay.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang, who broke ground on the Potable Water System Projects at Sitio Bato, Barangay Central in Manay town on August 30, said that these new water systems are worthy investments as they address the long-running struggle of the people here – which is the lack of adequate water supply. “This is definitely an important issue that needs to be urgently addressed,” he said.

Governor Nelson L. Dayanghirang

Amounting to a total of P 14 million, these three Potable Water System Projects are being funded by the Department of Interior and Local Government.

Governor Dayanghiang, Provincial Director Yvette Sunga, and Manay Mayor Antero Dayanghirang with the Barangay Officials of Central, Holy Cross, and San Ignacio, Manay, Davao Oriental.

Barangay Central, which consists of Manay’s largest population with about 10,000 households, will soon have a level three water system amounting to P 10 million funded under the DILG’s 2016 Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig Program (SALINTUBIG). This type of water system will directly channel water to the residents’ homes.

Level two water systems are also set for construction in the villages of Holy Cross and San Ignacio, earmarked with a budget of P2 million each, funded under the DILG’s Performance Challenge Fund as reward to the province for passing last year’s Seal of Good Local Governance for its exemplary performance in practically all aspects of governance.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga congratulated the residents and officials of the three barangays. Empowering communities, the new water systems are set to provide residents many advantages, she said. “With the water system, residents can save a lot of time as they no longer have to bear to bear the burden of fetching water several kilometers away. Students will now have plenty of time to study and will no longer be late for school. Households no longer have to buy water from refilling stations,” she explained, citing the many benefits of adequate water supply in the everyday lives of the people in the community.

Aside from easy access, water coming from these water systems is guaranteed safe for drinking, helping consumers avoid water-borne diseases. She encouraged the residents to help make it sustainable in order to continue to benefit people in the future.

Manay Mayor Antero Dayanghirang

Manay Mayor Antero Dayanghirang called on the residents to help protect the pipes and distribution lines and discouraged illegal tapping of water that would contaminate water from the source. He said the communities’ involvement is needed in ensuring the projects’ successful implementation.

For the projects’ sustainability, the Provincial and the Municipal Government plans to establish an Economic Enterprise Office for the proper management and operation of the water distribution when the projects are completed next year.

Leaders of the three barangays thanked the Provincial Government and the DILG for their efforts to put up water systems in their villages, which they say would give respite to their constituents who have struggled water shortage for so long. By Karen Lou Deloso/Photo by Eden Jhan Licayan


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