Thousands of residents from two barangays in Tanauan, Leyte recently benefitted from a P2.5-million peso's worth of water project funded by the DILG.
For years, the interior barangays of Sacme in Tanauan, Leyte, with a population of 2,300, and Barangay Limbuhan Guti, with a population of 705, had to rely on wells and hand-drawn water pumps for their daily subsistence.
Punong Barangay Constancia Salarda of Limbuhan Guti said this sometimes resulted in cases of diarrhea and forced many to resort to buying the more costly mineral water.
In response, the municipality laid pipelines from the Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) through the Bottom-Up Budgeting (BuB) Potable Water project. The project set up five communal tap stands throughout Barangay Sacme, and seven in Limbuhan Guti to serve each neighborhood.
Punong Barangay Maritess Salvana of Sacme was profuse in her thanks when DILG-8 Regional Director Karl Caesar R. Rimando and Tanauan, Leyte Mayor Pel Tecson recently inspected the water projects. She said that before having communal faucets, some residents depended on rainwater to ensure an adequate supply of their shallow wells.
For Punong Barangay Salarda of Limbuhan Guti, the water system offers convenient, affordable, and safe water. Where before they had to buy mineral water, residents can now drink directly from the tap which is subject to filtration and chlorination at source. The town assured that it will aim to provide Level 3 (residence-based faucets) for barangays which have Level 2 water systems.
Rimando said that one of the programs being pursued by the Department is to improve the capacity of local government units to provide potable water as part of the larger outcome of ensuring safe communities.