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Region 8 water proposal ready for endorsement

by Gemma Tabao

Tacloban City (5 December) -- Project proposal for water supply project in some identified waterless barangays in Region 8 is now ready for endorsement to the National Anti-Poverty Commission - Water and Sanitation Coordinating Office (NAPC-WASCO) for further evaluation and appropriate funding.

The proposal which was presented by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) during the 3rd Regional KALAHI Convergence Group meeting held recently, totals to P59,747,212.38.

Among the municipalities raring to go with the project are Jaro, Mayorga, San Miguel and Sta. Fe of the Leyte province; Biri, Catarman, Lope de Vega, Rosario and San Jose in Northern Samar; and San Sebastian, Sta. Rita and Villareal, all from the province of Samar.

The President's Priority Program on Water, which is a component of her 10-Point. Legacy Agenda does not only aim to provide potable water supply to waterless municipalities, but also expects to reduce the incidence of diarrhea.

This water project concept is based on the 2000 NSO Census on Population and Housing that there are 432 waterless municipalities in the country of which less than 50% of the total households have access to safe and potable water. Of the total number of municipalities, according to the survey, 22 come from the Eastern Visayas region.

The program is likewise premised on the concern that 2005-2015 is proclaimed as the National Decade for Action, "Water for Life" which aims to halve the number of households without access to potable water supply and sanitation, as well as the Medium Term Development Goal of 2004 - 2010 which strategizes to provide potable water to the entire country by 2010.

The funding of the water system projects comes from the lump sum fund appropriations of DPWH as the national executing agency, with the minimal counterpart from the Local Government Units, being the principal local implementing units. (PIA 8) [top]

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