For three years, Catherine Veloso has not heard or seen a single drop of water from their home’s faucet. A barangay nutrition scholar of Barangay Poblacion, Carmen town, she has to spend some P300 first to buy water for their household needs which only lasts a week.
Now, her family can get fresh, clean water at P58 for the first ten cubic meters right at the heart of their neighborhood as Governor Gwendolyn Garcia inaugurated the P20-million Phase 1 of Carmen’s new water system Thursday, December 10.
The Level 3 water system is ready to supply water to Barangays Poblacion, Cogon West, Cogon East, Baring through a communal faucet that can accommodate 30 to 50 families.
In its second phase with budget of P30 million, it will provide water to Barangays Luyang, Dawis Sur, Dawis Norte, and Puente through faucets in each of the total 8,000 household beneficiaries.
“8,000 households ang makabenefit, maka-enjoy aning Level 3 water system diin ang tubig gikan mismo sa Carmen. Wala’y gasto ang Carmen ani, Capitol ang nag-gasto almost P50 million. Maintenance na lang gastuhanan,” Garcia said.
The governor recalled the many meetings they had with Cebu Manila Water Development Inc. (CMWDI) to ensure the project covers the best interests of the Carmen residents.
“Kapila namo giatubang ang Manila Water, gihangyo ang presyo from 8php per cubic meter for the first 10 cubic meters down to 5.80, gihangyo nga direct tap na sa mainline. Di na pud mukubkub ug laing wells ug usa maghatod ug tubig sa syudad, anhi usa sa Carmen,” she narrated.
According to Carmen Mayor Carlo Villamora, CMWDI committed to provide 5000 cubic meter of purified, drinkable water per day to Carmen, adding that this is enough to address the needs of 8,000 families.
“Natuman na gyud ang damgo sa taga Carmen nga naa’y muagas nga tubig. Natuman na ang saad nako ug ni Gov. Gwen,” he expressed.
Garcia shared her dream to have a Level 3 water system in every Cebuano household.
“Akong gusto gripo sa matag balay kinahanglan Level 3, naay tubig sa balay mismo. Mao na ang angay para sa mga Sugbuanon,” Garcia expressed.
The governor also asked the municipal council to authorize Villamora to enter into an agreement with CMWDI to finish the project.
Also present in the inauguration were 5th District Board Member Andre “Red” Duterte, Liloan Mayor and League of Municipalities of the Philippines Cebu Chapter President Christina Frasco, Cebu Provincial Police Office Chief PCol. Aladdin Collado, as well as the local and barangay officials of Carmen. (Lianne Llesol)