– Last February 20,2014, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Saguday, Quirino turned-over a Community-managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CP-WASH) to 80 households of Barangay Tres Reyes which is an Agrarian Reform
The project consist of four facilities, namely: 1) Iron Removal Filter awarded to Agrarian Reform Beneficiary (ARB) Esperanza Gonzales and 32 household members; 2) Bio-sand Filter awarded to ARB Angelito Nicolas and four household members; 3) Bio-Gas Digester to benefit ARB Francia Calimlim with three household members; and 4) Rain-Water Collector given to the Tres Reyes Elementary School.
The turn-over was led by DAR-Quirino Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I (PARPO I) Engr. Arthur E. Faeldon and PARPO II Joselito O. Garcia – Special Assistant to the Regional Director,together with LGU Saguday Mayor Marcelina M. Pagbilao.
PARPO I Engr. Arthur E. Faeldon said that the low-cost technology would bring renewed hope and enthusiasm among the residents towards the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program.
Furthermore, he was impressed with the willingness of Mayor Avelino Agustin, Jr. of Cabarroguis, Quirino to replicate the same project in his municipality.
PARPO II Joselito O. Garcia, who once served as the PARPO in Quirino, provides that lack of water supply has always been a major problem in some areas in the province.
He then encouraged the residents of Saguday to maintain the project which not only provides potable water but also promotes proper hygiene especially among the women and children.
Mayor Pagbilao profusely thanked the DAR and other participating agencies in the construction of the technology which would define the well-being of the residents in his municipality.
She further advised his barangay officials to lead in the safeguard of the project.
In response, Barangay Captain Dominador Calimlim said that with the turn-over of the project, “babalik si Juan Masipag” since they can do the project by themselves through hands-on trainings on the proper reproduction of this low-cost technology.
The project includes a biogas wastewater treatment system which is a good substitute for liquefied petroleum gas for cooking, using animal waste as source of gas via decomposition process while the water tank is equipped with iron removal and bio sand filters to ensure constant flow of clean water.