Gov't Helps Waterless Capiz Town
by Jemin B. Guillermo
Roxas City (26 January) -- Nearly 1,500 households in Cuartero, Capiz are expected to benefit from the establishment of a water system, courtesy of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).
Mayor Roger Flores said that at least 1,449 households within the town proper of municipality of Cuartero will avail of safe water after the establishment of the water system in their locality.
Flores said that the government through LWUA had already approved P11.64 million to fund said project that would cover three areas in the Poblacion and three other nearby barangays, namely Bitoon Ilaya, Bitoon Ilawod and Angob.
He said that with the initial release of P9.7 million for the supplies and materials, the construction of the water reservoir as well as the installation of pipelines have already started last week.
According to Flores, they have also a pending request to LWUA for an additional P15 million fund to expand the water services to more households in the six target barangays.
Flores also revealed that some of his barangays, particularly in the upland, have already access to safe water through the government's Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Basic Services (CIDSS) program.
The municipality of Cuartero, Capiz is one of the seven towns in the province that has been given support fund by the government to provide Filipinos access to safe drinking water as well as improve sanitation.
On the other hand, thousands of Capiceños have been enjoying the safe drinking water courtesy of the government in partnership with the various water districts in the province here.
For the Metro Roxas Water District alone, it has more than 30,000 active water concessionaires in Roxas City, including those in the nearby towns of Panay, Ivisan, Panitan and Sigma.
Other municipalities in Capiz, like Mambusao, Dumarao, Dumalag, Pontevedra, Pilar and President Roxas, have also its respective water districts to provide the populace access to potable water supply.
As of December 31 last year, the government was already able to provide potable water to 319 waterless municipalities throughout the country, which is 74 percent of the 432 target towns. (PIA)