By Martin Sadongdong
A water service facility that will benefit the survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” who are living in at least 15 resettlement sites in Tacloban City has been installed by the Office of Civil Defense (OCD), it announced on Saturday.
Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, OCD administrator and executive director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), led the inauguration of the new water treatment facility of the Leyte Metropolitan Water District (LMWD).
The ceremony was held in Barangay San Isidro, Tacloban City on Friday, November 8, in commemoration of the day when Yolanda struck the Philippines.
The water service facility features filtration systems that turn unclean water to potable water, and distribution pumps to ensure that water is delivered and flows securely to the communities.
Further, some 14,000 units of water meter were turned over to the recipient communities by Jalad, Tacloban Mayor Alfred Romualdez, LMWD General Manager Pastor Homeres, and OCD Region 8 Director Henry Torres.
“We are happy that the Yolanda-donated funds given by OCD to LMWD had been put to good use for the people of the Yolanda-affected communities,” Jalad said.
For his part, Romualdez expressed gratitude to the OCD and NDRRMC for its continued support for the rehabilitation of Yolanda-stricken communities in Tacloban.
“This water service is a big help to our communities,” Romualdez said.
The water treatment facility was funded under the NDRRM fund amounting to P371 million through the efforts of the Local Water Utilities Administration, city government of Tacloban and OCD.
The NDRRMC, through OCD, previously gave the LMWD P42 million worth of Yolanda-donated funds in June 2019 to procure water meters for the rehabilitated communities in the city.
Yolanda, the strongest tropical cyclone to ever hit the Philippines, claimed the lives of an estimated 6,300 people while around 1,000 others went missing when it hit the country on November 8, 2013.