The Listahanan targeting system for poverty reduction of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) said Friday that the Top 3 municipalities and cities with the highest magnitude of poor households using unsafe water in the MIMAROPA region are in Palawan.

Jason Eco Oliverio, information officer for Listahanan of the DSWD Field Office MIMAROPA, said these are Taytay with 5,273 or 65.1 percent households (HHs), Roxas town with 3,480 or 34.0 percent, and Puerto Princesa City with 3,820 or 34.0 percent.

In terms of barangays with the highest number of poor households with no access to safe water, the Top 2 are also found in the province in Balabac: Barangay Bancalaan with 1,998 or 98.9 percent and Barangay Mangsee with 1,332 or 95.7 percent.

Of the 221,324 poor households regionwide, on the other hand, 79,934 are in the MIMAROPA region.

Oliverio said the result of the 2015 Listahanan database was released in connection with the World Water Day celebration.

“According to the database, 36.1 percent of the identified poor HHs in the MIMAROPA region have no access to safe water. This information is being released in relation to the celebration of the World Water Day,” Oliverio said.

He said dug wells are the common sources of unsafe water of poor HHs regionwide.

World Water Day is an annual United Nations observance day (March 22) which underscores the importance of freshwater and advocates for the sustainable management of its sources.