MANILA, May 29 The Department of Agriculture (DA) said Saturday it has released P7.46 million to rehabilitate the poor condition of a community in Misamis Oriental by setting up a potable water system (PWS).
This developed as the local government unit (LGU) of Sugbongcogon town and the Department of Agricultures Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) have began constructing a PWS.
Currently, the residents have to endure the daily rationing of water supply for three to two hours and on that period people have to wait in long queue losing valuable time for more economic and productive activities.
The repair of the water system, which includes installing of 75 communal faucets is eyed to serve five barangays of Manga, Alcomohan, Sta. Cruz, Kiraging and Silad with a population of over 3,000.
Of the 967 households of the town, 645 have worst case of insufficient water supply, which risks the communitys health and sanitation.
Upon completion of the project, the LGU is expecting that residents will have more productive time spent in farming their best known commodities of coconuts, vegetables, banana and raising livestock and reduced number of water-related diseases.
MRDP program director Lealyn A. Ramos said putting in place accessible potable water not only eliminates risk of water-borne and water-related diseases but helps in improving economic activity in the area. (PNA) RMA/JCA