DILG strengthens roles of LGUs in water preservation, project implementation

March 21, 2010 11:30 am 

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, March 21 – The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), through its Office of Project Development Services (OPDS), has strengthened the vital role of the local government units (LGUs) on water project implementation and water preservation as the El Nino phenomenon continues to hit various cities and provinces across the country.

The DILG-OPDS, in coordination with the Project Development Management Unit (PDMU), mobilized the respective Water and Sanitation (WATSAN) teams of the concerned LGUs to properly implement the water project implementation program.

The agencies conducted a two-day meeting with the WATSAN members on water project implementation at Harbor Lights Hotel here last March 18-19.

Participants came from four municipalities of the province of Bukidnon. They were also oriented on the Millennium Development Goals Fund (MDGF) 1919 by WATSAN technical experts from the DILG-OPDS office.

The activity aimed to enhance the capacities and technical skills of the WATSAN teams from the provincial office of Bukidnon and the municipalities of Kitaotao, Kibawe, Kadingilan and Don Carlos.

They were also reoriented on the functions and roles of the WATSAN teams in the water and sanitation sector, and water preservation and revisiting their respective work plan for the MDGF 1919 implementation.

It was learned that the preparation of these work plans by the WATSAN teams will be used for the roll-out of the baseline survey and other information needed at the barangay level.

MDGF 1919: Enhancing Access to and Provision of Water Services with the Active Participation of the Poor is a program aimed to contribute to the improvement of efficiency, access, affordability and quality of potable water services, by establishing support mechanisms which include the development of a range of incentive options and partnership modalities.

It was also gathered that this project covers 36 waterless municipalities in Regions 2, 5, 9, 10, and CARAGA with project duration from January 2009 to December 2011.

Project beneficiaries in Northern Mindanao are the municipalities of Dangcagan, Don Carlos, Kadingilan, Kibawe and Kitaotao in Bukidnon; Sultan Naga Dimaporo in Lanao del Norte; Baliangao and Sinacaban in Misamis Occidental; and Claveria in Misamis Oriental. (PNA)

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