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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 24, 2012


Four public elementary schools now use DPWH’s rainwater collection project

by Bong Pedalino

MAASIN CITY, Southern Leyte, Jan. 24 (PIA) -- Four barangays of this city, each one with an elementary school, stood as living beneficiaries of an innovative water impounding project built by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) provincial engineering district here.

“These rainwater collection structures were already finished in the first quarter last year, and since then it has been used by the school children, faculty and other personnel for their washing needs,” said District Engr. Carlos Veloso of the Southern Leyte Engineering District (SLED) in a press conference at his office on Tuesday.

Veloso identified the recipient schools as Batuan Elementary School, Tomoy-Tomoy Elementary School, Bilibol Elementary School, and Panan-awan Elementary School, all of Maasin City.

Except for barangay Panan-awan, which is located along the national highway, barangays Batuan and Tomoy-Tomoy are located in the interior, upland section of the city, while barangay Bilibol lies along the coast near the boundary with Matalom.

Scarcity of water for daily use like watering the garden and for general cleaning was one of the needs of these schools that were addressed by the water collection project, Veloso said, quoting one teacher who expressed appreciation for the initiative.

The structure looks like an elevated water tank with collection vessels linked to the school building’s roof gutters.

Veloso said the four rainwater collection system has an appropriation of P191,065, and was put up by the contractor in 60 days.

Of the entire engineering district in Region 8, it was only SLED which finished the project in time for President Benigno Aquino III’s State of the Nation Address (SONA) in July last year. It was also referred to as a SONA project, while all the other districts completed the same by the last quarter of the year, Veloso also said. (PIA-8)

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