President Arroyo responds to need of waterless Iloilo town

May 4, 2010 8:08 pm 

By Perla G. Lena

ILOILO CITY, May 4 – Residents of an island barangay of Concepcion, Iloilo finally found an answer to their most pressing concern, which is the lack of potable water, with the P950,000 rainwater harvester project that was installed through the social fund of President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.

President Assistant for Western Visayas Raul Banias, who facilitated the realization of the project, said that five huge rainwater harvesters with filter system were installed in Baliguian Island, benefitting some 180 families.

Each rainwater tank can be filled with some 3, 000 20-liter water containers.

The island is about 24 kilometers away from the town proper and can only be reached through a one to two-hour boat ride.

“I never felt so happy in my public life, to be able to facilitate this wonderful project,” he said.

Prior to the establishment of the project the residents had to source their water supplies from neighboring Cadiz City in Negros Occidental or from the poblacion of Concepcion. (PNA) LAP/PGLena

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