Ito­gon seeks re­vival of own wa­ter dis­trict

Sun.Star Baguio - - Top Stories - Sun*Star Re­porter Lau­ren Alimondo

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 the mayor adding 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-P80M as an ini­tial bud­get for the project but Palang­dan said the wa­ter com­pany with­drew its pro­posal.

He added 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.

On Fe­bru­ary 28, the mu­nic­i­pal­ity thru a res­o­lu­tion seek 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 which amounts to P45M.

Photo by Red­jie Melvic Cawis

LO­CALLY GROWN. Barlig lass Berna Nabunat shows or­gan­i­cally grown red rice and soft broom from the mu­nic­i­pal­ity of Barlig dur­ing the Agro-In­dus­trial Fair as part of the 51st Moun­tain Prov­ince Foun­da­tion Day and 14 Lang-ay Festival cel­e­bra­tion in Bon­toc, Moun­tain Prov­ince last week.

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