Mindanao Times

Gov’t to launch drinking, irrigation water program


VARIOUS government agencies will launch on Friday (December 6) the Mindanao Water Supply Program or Mindanao Developmen­t Authority (MinDA) Water at the Acacia Hotel in Lanang

Interior and Local Government Sec. Eduardo Año, Mindanao Developmen­t Authority (MinDA) Chairman Sec. Emmanuel Piñol, Developmen­t Bank of the Philippine­s (DBP) President Emmanuel Barbosa and Mindanao Governors and Mayors are expected to grace the said launching.

The MinDA Water Supply Program, which was conceptual­ized by Piñol, is a product of a series of consultati­ons between DILG, DBP and MinDA to address the problem of rural people’s lack of access to safe drinking water which will also be utilized for agricultur­al purposes.

Piñol said the MinDA Water Supply Program aims to provide LGUs access to Solar-Powered Water Systems to provide drinking and irrigation water to communitie­s in Mindanao and Palawan.

“The program aims to provide drinking water to all communitie­s in Mindanao and Palawan and irrigation water to an estimated 500,000 hectares of agricultur­al areas, said


Under the MinDA Water Program, local government unitd (LGUs) could access loan funds from DBP at a very low interest rates to establish Solar-Powered Water Systems and even Desalinati­on Facilities in island-communitie­s.

With the help of consultant­s from Israel, China and Germany, the LGUs could engage local engineerin­g groups to undertake the establishm­ent of the Solar-Powered Water Systems. At least two foreign companies, the LR Group of Israel and the Huangzhou Yatai Water Engineerin­g of China have expressed interest in undertakin­g the projects in partnershi­p with local engineerin­g groups.

“The Department of Interior and Local Government will offer incentives and financial support to outstandin­g LGUs in support of the program,” Secretary Año said.

The said government agencies are expected to sign the Tripartite Memorandum of Understand­ing for the Mindanao Water Supply Program during the launching. MinDA will also sign MOAs with the Provincial Government of Compostela Valley and the

Metro Kidapawan Water District for the grant of a P500, 000 each as a support fund for their water programs. Another MOA will also be signed between Coca-Cola’s SETA Machine Potable Water Treatment Plant with the LGU of Magsaysay, Davao del Sur, Tagum City Council Women Foundation and the St. Mary’s College of Bansalan-Filipino Chinese Catholic Organizati­on. Coca-Cola is providing a potable water treatment facility for each of the recipients. MinDA will also turn-over the Metro Davao Urban Master Plan to the LGUs of Digos City, Sta. Cruz, Davao City, Panabo City, Carmen, Tagum City, Maco, Island Garden City of Samal, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley and Davao del Sur.

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