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Capitol grants P24M aid for Poro water project
By: Eleanor Valeros | Published Sunday, August 09, 2020
Gov. Gwen Garcia assured Poro Mayor Edgar Rama of Capitol’s financial assistance for the town’s waterworks project during her visit in Camotes Island for the relaunching of its tourism industry in Cebu North. (Tonee Despojo)

The Municipality of Poro in Camotes Island need not borrow funds for its waterworks system anymore. The Cebu Provincial Government assured of a P24-million funding so the project can start work for its first phase.

Governor Gwendolyn Garcia broke the good news of Capitol assistance worth P24 million for the first phase of a Level III waterworks system in Poro seen to benefit Barangays Teguis, Mercedes, Esperanza, Cagcagan, and Adela.

“Ayaw na lang mo pangutang kay ang Kapitolyo mogahin og P24 million alang niana,” Garcia disclosed in a meeting with tourism stakeholders and the Cebu Provincial Tourism Task Force in Poro last August 9 in line with the reopening of tourism activities in Camotes.

Poro Mayor Edgar “Garry” Rama expects the water project to be completed immediately this year. First phase is expected to benefit around 3,000 households and another 3,000 for the second phase.

Rama said that a sizable chunk of the amount would be for the upgrade of water distribution lines.

“Sa pagkakaron lisod ta sa tubig kay kining atong mga transmission lines dugay-dugay na gyud. Kinahanglan na ilisan. Kinahanglan ta’g dugang nga mga bomba, makina, ug mga reservoir para sa pagpundo sa tubig,” he explained.

Rama is grateful to the governor for not only coming in to settle the issue on the outrageous electric power interruptions in the island which recently stretched to 12 hours, but for also helping in the realization the waterworks project.

“Malipayon mi ug mapasalamaton mi sa atong pinalanggang governor nga gitabangan gyud mi niya sa Poro dili lang sa kuryente, lakip na ang panubig. Importante kaayo ni labi na sa atong sitwasyon karong panahona. Misuway lang gyud mi nga moduol niya parte sa panubig, kung sa Tinagalog pa na ‘naglakas loob’ mi. Karon iya na gyud nga gihatag,” Rama said.

Garcia has encouraged local government units to operate and manage their own waterworks system that can provide 24/7 service to each household.

In her past visits to municipalities in southern Cebu, the governor expressed she has no confidence in water cooperatives and associations.

“Mas maayo man gud ang LGU maoy modumala kay duna’y klarong infrastructure, duna’y klarong accountability,” she underscored. (Eleanor Valeros)