P8-M potable water systems turned over in Mati City

DAVAO CITY – Two potable water systems (PWS) of the Philippine Rural Development Project (PRDP) were turned over to the local government of Mati City in Davao Oriental on separate occasions.

WATER SYSTEM. Mayor Michelle Rabat (center) inspects the potable water system in Barangay Libudon, Mati City Davao Oriental on Wednesday (November 20, 2019). Two water system projects of the Philippine Rural Development Project were turned over to Mati City in Davao Oriental on two separate occasions. (Photo courtesy of Mati CIO)

The first project was turned over on November 18 at Barangay Taguibo while the second PWS was turned over on Wednesday (November 20) in Barangay Libudon.

Funded by the World Bank, both projects cost around PHP8 million.

The PHP4.9-million PWS in Taguibo consists of a spring box, and a reservoir with 32 tap stands for 840 residents with 168 households that would benefit from the project.

On the other hand, the PHP3.04 -million PWS project in Barangay Libudon will benefit 450 residents.

The 10 percent of the project’s cost was shouldered by the local government unit of Mati City while the other 10 percent of the total amount came from the national government, with the remaining 80 percent provided by the World Bank.

Mayor Michelle Rabat said that the city government is committed to allocating funds for the operation and maintenance of the project.

Rabat added that the potable water system will bring convenience as it improves the way of life of the beneficiaries of the two barangays.

“The less time and effort in fetching water provided by the new project will give more time for the beneficiaries to bond with their families without thinking about water since it is already accessible,” Rabat said.

In October, a PWS was turnover to Barangay Tagbinonga, Mati City that costs PHP4.1 million. It consists of 32 tap stands, at least 192 households or 960 residents will benefit from the water project. (PNA By Che Palicte) PIONAIRE FINANCE LIMITED