By Restituto A. Cayubit
Tanauan, Leyte – Harry Roque, the presidential spokesman, led in the inauguration of the water system in Tanauan, Leyte, Monday.
Governor Leopoldo Dominico Petilla told reporters after the inauguration the water system will benefit barangays with no source of potable water.
The system is connected to the main system of Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD) which serves Tacloban City and several other towns in the province.
Petilla said LMWD already serves many barangays in Tanauan. The new water system is part of the LMWD’s expansion program.
Tanauan Mayor Pelagio Tecson said the water system, which will serve 23 of the town’s 54 barangays, was built through a R20-million grant from the Asian Development Bank (ADB).
Tecson said that under the system, households will pay R1 for every 5-gallon water container. The barangay will do the collection and pay the water bill to LMWD.
Tecson said that before the system was installed, most of the households bought water for R2 to R3 per 5-gallon container from private water outlets about three kilometers away. Other households fetched water from wells or other sources.
Tecson said that with the completion of the system, all of the town residents is now fully served by the LMWD.