The local government unit (LGU) of Sugbongcogon in Misamis Oriental and the Department of Agriculture’s Mindanao Rural Development Program (DA-MRDP) has put up P7.46 million to rehabilitate the poor condition of its community potable water system (PWS).

At present, the residents have to endure the daily rationing of water supply for three to two hours and on that period people have to wait in long queue losing valuable time for more economic and productive activities.

The repair of the water system which includes installing of 75 communal faucets is eyed to serve five barangays of Manga, Alcomohan, Sta. Cruz, Kiraging and Silad with a population of over 3000.

Of the 967 households of the town, 645 have worst case of insufficient water supply which risks the community’s health and sanitation.

Upon completion of the project, the LGU is expecting that residents will have more productive time spent in farming their best known commodities of coconuts, vegetables, banana and raising livestock and reduced number of water-related diseases.

MRDP program director Lealyn A. Ramos said putting in place accessible potable water not only eliminates risk of water-borne and water-related diseases but helps in improving economic activity in the area.

Jointly funded by the World Bank, the national government and the 225 local governments of Mindanao, MRDP aims to reduce poverty, improve incomes, and better local governance.

MRDP has earmarked over P2 billion for rural infrastructure for 2010 including provisions for PWS.

with report from Sherwin B. Manual/DAMRDP at http://www.da.gov.ph

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