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Feature: 100% best for Aclan Potable Water Project

by Ronald M. Cuaresma and Gil E. Miranda

Agusan Del Norte (June 29) -- Aclan is a lowland barangay of Nasipit, in this province with a total agricultural land area of 209.25 hectares where coconut, rice and corn are its main products.

Composing of five (5) districts and is 9 kms. away from poblacion. It has a population of about 1,433 with 306 households averaging a size of five (5).

Mr. Rope Cabilan, chairman of the Aclan Water Spring Association (AWASA) humbly said, "The association gave its 100% best in trying to maintain and sustain the projects' service years for it's the only good source of drinking water in Aclan. We value this project so much for it's truly a dream come true". The Aclan Water Spring Association was organized on February 6, 2005 with 334 members. They regularly have their BOD meetings every 3rd Sunday of the month.

Years ago, life is much different because the residents have problems with regards to water accessibility. The place doesn't have a local water provider and the only source that is available for them is an old jetmatic pump which unfortunately produces unsafe water. Residents recalled that they have to exhaust all their patience before they could fill their pails and buckets because of the long queue that awaits them. Even during night time they have to fetch water just to have enough for the next day's needs. Some residents yet have to argue with others out of impatience and haste to move on with the long line.

"Since its turnover rites, everyday is a blessing for us and all those sad experiences are just but in the past" declared by a grateful resident. The much-needed project is in time with the growing barangay population.

The P3,327,610 M DAR-SPOTS Phase I Potable Water Project was turnover to the association on December 2006 which comprise an eight (8) PV module, one (1) Pump and Control set, One (1) 50 cubic meter tank, a 1000 m pipeline provision for distribution and totaling to 15 available tap stands in the area. The project is expected to benefit 306 households.

Optimist PARO Atega, the Provincial Head of DAR-Agusan del Norte, did all his best for the realization of this project in order to alleviate the lives of the people in CUCAMA ARC being one of the poorest barangay in the municipality of Nasipit. With high hopes, he also believed that it would strengthen the association thru the continued support of the local institution in accepting the challenge of projects' proper operation and maintenance.

The very dynamic barangay captain confessed that "sharing and teamwork were very much evident throughout the project implementation". The LGU committed for the projects realization, gave much of its time for the community to have a safe potable water system. The cooperative spirit of LGU together with the PO shared a total of P3, 019,610 as project equity and directly involving the community in the planning and maintenance thru a series of barangay work-shop-consultation and assemblies. Many of the residents conducted a "pahina" (voluntary work without pay) during the projects installation. In a way, every one is involved and there's that peoples sense of ownership of the project.

Lolita Empanado, the presently Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer of Nasipit reminded the association that as owners they should not stop learning ways in sustaining the water system much longer and should be bold enough to face challenges ahead of them. She further added that it's the government's way of showing the people of CUCAMA ARC its sincerity for the promise support services. The Nasipit LGU and the office of DAR are always there to give a hand to those who are showing genuine need for improvement. (DAR-Agusan del Norte/ PIA-Caraga) [top]

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