THE Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Negros Occidental-North, through its Community-Managed Potable Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH) project, turned over on April 12 water sanitation facilities to Hacienda Anita Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Sitio Lauyan, Barangay Dian-ay, Escalante City.
DAR-Negros Occidental I, in a press statement, said the project will benefit not only the 36 members of the cooperative and their families but also their neighboring households.
It will provide the community low-cost water facilities as a source of clean potable drinking water, it added.
Escalante City Agricultural Affairs Consultant Ferdinand Alico, who represented Mayor Eddie Montero, said the City Government is willing to provide farm machineries to the cooperative.
They just have to submit a formal request, Alico said.
Under the project, the DAR will allocate P80,000 while the local government's counterpart is P50,000. The recipient-agrarian reform beneficiaries' organization (Arbo), meanwhile, will take charge of the labor component.
Speaking at the activity, Teodoro Che Salido, coordinator of Program Beneficiaries Development Division (PBDD)-CPWASH, said the turnover of the constructed water sanitation facilities to the Arbo marks as a determining point for the agency to proceed with the next phase of the project.
"The phase two of the project is the development of a water supply sanitation and hygiene-focused enterprise," Salido said.
"The project is seen to be a potential income-generating enterprise as a number of cooperative members underwent training to become para-engineers, who are able to maintain the facilities and replicate the technology," he added.