Nov 29, 2020

Quezon folks welcome new water system project

The water system taps its source from the Ybayen Falls and will supply Barangays Aramaywan, Isugod, Maasin, Kalatagbak, Tabon and Alfonso XIII.

QUEZON, Palawan — A newly-completed water system to supply at least six barangays here was inaugurated Tuesday.

The project, the Barangay Isugod Water System, was initiated by the local municipal government with a P119M loan funding from the Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO) of the provincial government.

The water system taps its source from the Ybayen Falls and will supply Barangays Aramaywan, Isugod, Maasin, Kalatagbak, Tabon and Alfonso XIII.

Quezon Mayor Joselito Ayala told Palawan News that the project, which began in 2015, was done in partnership with the provincial government.

“Ilang taon din nating hinintay itong proyekto na matapos since 2015 pa. Ang layunin nitong ating loan sa MDFO na 119M ay para matugunan ang lahat ng pangangailangan sa tubig ng mga barangay dito sa bayan ng Quezon, lalung-lalo na iyong mga lugar na hirap sa tubig tulad ng Alfonso XIII at iba pang mga barangay,” Ayala said.

He added that the Barangay Berong water system is already functional and that they are soon to inaugurate the water system for Barangays Malatgao, Suwangan and Quinlogan, Tagusao and Calumpang with water source coming from the Mantayog Falls.

He said that the Mantayog Falls water project will also supply parts of their neighboring town of Rizal, particularly Barangay Bunog.

“Pag-uusapan namin ng mayor ng Rizal kung paano ang hatian sa gastusin at mga dapat ayusin pagdating sa proyekto,” Ayala said.

Esperanza Caabay of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) expressed relief over the completion of the water project, saying that their Bids and Awards Committee that oversaw its implementation had struggled to usher its completion.

“Sobrang hirap ang dinaanan namin pero naging successful ang bidding process kaya naitayo yong project,” Caabay said.

Meanwhile, Barangay Chairman Glendy Cacho urged local authorities not to stop the operation of an existing water project that currently serves the area and taps from the same source as the new project.

“Kami po talaga sa barangay ay malaking pasalamat dahil mayroong proyektong katulad nito. Ang aking hiling sana ay huwag po sanang ipahinto ang supply ng tubig na mula sa Salintubig mula sa BuB ng DILG ito ay 5 taon nang operational kahit po wala pang proper turn-over sa barangay, ganun pa man napakalaking tulong ito sa amin,” Cacho said.

“Ang LGU ang nagma-maintain ng patubig, gawang hindi pa nga nailipat sa amin, para madagdagan yong maintenance fund. Mayroong donations na P20 sa bawat kabahayan na umiigib sa gripo upang makatulong din ito sa pagsasaayos ng mga linya,” he added.

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