March 18, 2019. Barangay Imelda, Bunawan, Agusan del Sur

JPIC-IDC turned over a potable water supply system to Barangay Imelda, Bunawan on March 18, 2019 after three years of rehabilitation, construction, and extensive capacity building. The water system project is one of the components of JPIC-IDC’s Health Project in Agusan del Sur.

This activity was done through a simple ceremony attended by JPIC-IDC representatives headed by its Executive Director Fr. Romeo Q. Cagatin, SVD, Sangguniang Bayan members of the Municipality of Bunawan headed by Hon. Sylvia B. Elorde, Vice Mayor, Barangay Imelda council and residents, and Barangay Imelda Water Service Cooperative (BIWASCO) officers.

Highlighting the ceremony was the blessing of the water reservoir tanks and the ceremonial sprinkling of the fire hydrant. The BIWASCO officers headed by its Chairman Mr. Wilson Quilaman accepted their duties and reponsibilities in sustaining the water system.

The project provides access to safe drinking water to the households in Puroks 1, 2, & 3 in Barangay Imelda. Classified as Level III, the water system is a piped system with a water point serving to the households. Aside from rehabilitating the water system, JPIC-IDC constructed 3 intake boxes, 2 reservoir tanks, chlorinator house, valve boxes, laid pipelines, and installed communal faucets.

JPIC-IDC also assisted in preparing for the turn over  through the formation of the water system cooperative, conduct of various community organizing and capacity building activities. All geared to equip the community with skills to run their own water system including plumbing, leadership training, financial management, and among others.

This project is under JPIC-IDC’s Agusan Health Project Phase 3 which have been designed to aid marginalized communities and promote the United Nations‘ Sustainable Development Goal No. 6 on Clean Water and Sanitation.

© Jeffrey Sabado