An integrated school in a remote barangay in Passi City was the latest recipient of the water system project from the provincial government here.
The installation of the water system worth PHP750,000 at the Aglalana Integrated School was funded under the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project of Iloilo province.
In a press conference on Thursday, Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Jr. said the provision of water system, toilets, and wash areas in schools and hospitals form part of the plan for Rehabilitation and Transformation of the Province to Catalyze Recovery (RT-PCR) in gearing towards the new normal.
“We will program the needed water systems, toilets and wash areas in our schools so that they will have easy access to clean water for the new normal,” he said.
The water system that was inaugurated on Wednesday will benefit 466 learners and faculty of the school.
The fund covers the well development, construction of concrete pedestal for two cubic meter storage tank, installation of two cubic meter water storage tank and steel tower, installation of electric motor pump, controls wiring and utility box; construction of cable post, piping works, and the project billboard.
The fund was sourced from the province’s 20 percent Internal Revenue Allotment (IRA), supplemental budget and Performance Challenge Fund (PCF) of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
The installation of water systems in remote barangays of the province is a priority program of Defensor.
Since 2010, the provincial government has already installed PHP21.92 million worth of school-based water systems, both in elementary and secondary schools.
Joining the governor during the turnover were Passi City Mayor Stephen Palmares, Vice Mayor Jesry Palmares, Board Members Rolly Distura and Domingo Oso, Jr., and Aglalana barangay officials.
Aglalana is roughly 12 kilometers away from the city proper of Passi. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency