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PIA Press Release
2007/09/21

Oro mayor lauds Rio Verde

Cagayan de Oro City (21 September) -- CITY Mayor Constantino G. Jaraula thanked the Rio Verde Water Consortium for supporting the city government's call to provide potable water supply in the city's hinterland barangays, which are no longer reached by the services of the Cagayan de Oro Water District.

This as Lumbia Barangay Chairman Allan Angara told Mayor Jaraula that over 700 households in Barangay Lumbia are now enjoying the abundant supply of water provided by the Rio Verde.

Angara revealed that the actual number of families who have benefited from the water supplied by Rio Verde may even reached to more than 1,000 as some of the households have more than one family in it.

The people in Lumbia have started enjoying abundant supply of potable water since last week.

Angara added that for the month of September, the people of Lumbia will not be charged for their water consumption from Rio Verde.

For his part, Mayor Jaraula said that the immediate response of Rio Verde to his call is a positive indication of the strong collaboration between the local government and the private sector in addressing the pressing needs of the people even in the hinterland barangays.

The city chief executive pointed out that with the rapid urbanization that the city is experiencing, the city government must set aside an agricultural area, which it can develop to sustain the food requirement of the local residents.

The city government had already identified 12 hinterland barangays namely, Lumbia, Mambuaya, Bayanga, Dansolihon, Besigan, Pagalungan, Tagpangi, Tuburan, Taglimao, Tumpagon, Pigsag-an and Tignapoloan, which it will develop into the city's food basket.

Mayor Jaraula said that this plan is in congruence to the city government's thrust to develop the city's agricultural area and consequently promote reverse migration.

Mayor Jaraula explained that under the concept of reverse migration, slum dwellers will be encouraged to resettle in the rural areas and engage in productive agricultural activities such as farming and livestock raising which will guarantee an improvement in their economic and even health conditions. (Cagayan de Oro City IO/PIA-MisOrOccCam i-Net) [top]

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