Tuesday, August 03, 2021

Itogon seeks revival of own water district

THE Municipality of Itogon in Benguet is seeking to establish its own water system.

Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan said they aim to revive the Itogon Water District (IWD) and are looking for investors to develop the water source and distribution.

"We want to revive the water district, we funded its administrative expense and we are inviting investor," said Palangdan, adding that in the long run, it will be an income generating project of the municipality like of La Trinidad.

The town has allotted P500,000 for its administrative expense.

In 2015, Pampanga-based Balibago Waterworks System Incorporated proposed about P60 million to P80 million as an initial budget for the project but Palangdan said the water company withdrew its proposal.

He said Manila Water is studying the source of water in the Benguet town.

The eyed water district is set to supply nine barangays of the municipality with a population of 55,960 with Tuding and Ucab top as most populated barangays.

"We only have spring distributed to few while bulk are buying water from private delivery trucks and people are having a hard time prior to the expense," he added.

The first-class municipality with the largest land area in the province of Benguet has 30,000 registered voters relying on communal irrigation systems for their water supply.

In February 28, the municipality, through a resolution, sought for a copy of the identified projects and locations of all irrigation system funded for Itogon.

The Department of Agriculture-Cordillera has listed proposed projects, under the province of Benguet projects for Itogon and Kabayan that amount to P45 million.
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