Guv vows to solve Bingawan’s water woes-A A +A
Wednesday, September 11, 2013
ILOILO Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. vowed Wednesday to provide safe and potable water supply to upland villages in Bingawan town, Iloilo City.
Defensor opened the province’s first communal water system in Barangay Alabidhan, Bingawan on Wednesday and said his son, third district Representative Arthur Defensor Jr., has committed P2 million for the establishment of water systems covering 14 barangays in Bingawan.
“We are looking at the possibility of putting up a reservoir for Bingawan by re-channelling the irrigation canal from Jalaur River in Barangay Agcalaga in Calinog town,” he said.
However, the proposal is still being studied by Engineer Rene Margarico of the Provincial Engineer’s Office.
The first communal water system project that was made in partnership with the Iloilo Caucus of Development Non-government Organizations (Iloilo CODE NGO) is worth P450,000.
It is designed to serve 800 households in the village and will be managed by Alabidhan Women’s Association headed by Arlene Joy Pet.
“We will slowly give you the water you need for I understand how hard it is to find water, especially during summer,” Defensor said.
Mayor Matt Palabrica and his brother Vice Mayor Mark Palabrica thanked Defensor for his continued support to the people of Bingawan.
Evelyn Plagata, one of the beneficiaries, also thanked the governor, saying they will no longer scout for water in other villages.
Also present during the inauguration were Provincial Board Member Manny Gallar, Director Benedicto Aquino of Iloilo CODE-NGO and barangay officials of Alabidhan headed by barangay head Esau Palmejar. (PR)