The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in the province has launched the Community-Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH) Project in barangay Bon-ot, San Andres town on January 17, 2014.
PARPO Teves, in his message revealed that the project is a first in the province, and features low-cost water supply technology and sanitation systems in Agrarian Reform Community (ARC). The project hopes on improving access to basic services, partnership, and community-based social services. In Bon-ot, one of the 15 barangays covered by SAHA ARC in San Andres, the water project has a unique add-on in terms of putting-up piglets dispersal as its livelihood component, as informed by John Joseph Camu, DAR Point Person on CPWASH. He said that the potable water sanitation system under the project will install iron removal filter, bio-sand filter, rainwater collector, and biogas digester.
Mayor Peter Cua of San Andres thanked the DAR for the project, and approved a P50,000.00 LGU counterpart for labor cost and water analysis out of its P155,000.00 total cost funded by DAR.
The launching also featured the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) among key project players, PARPO Alexander Teves (DAR), Hon. Mayor Peter C. Cua (MLGU), Hon. Gaspar Santelices (BLGU, Bon-ot), and Mr. Demetrio Rodriguez Jr. (farmers’ association) where obligations of all parties were stated and explained during the ceremonies by CARPO Nerissa Aldea. She added that the project also provides capacity development, enterprise management of the water system, monitoring/evaluation and technical assistance to end-users.
Present also to lend support in the ceremonies were San Andres DAR staff led by former MARO Rodrigo Torrazo, former SARPO Socorro Facundo, DF Rosemarie Arcilla, other DARPO staff, and the rest of local government unit officials in San Andres led by MEO Jing Balmadrid and MPDO Concepcion Santelices.