Over 800 households of Barangay Hagpa, the farthest village in Impasugong, Bukidnon benefitted from the recently turned over Level III potable water system funded by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Assistance to Municipalities (AM) program.
DILG Regional Director Arnel M. Agabe encouraged the barangay residents to take responsibility for the maintenance of the project.
“Nakita nga gikinahanglan pag-ayo sa mga lumulupyo sa Hagpa ang tubig, pero dili buot pasabot nga tungod kay gihatag kini sa gobyerno, nga ato lang dayon pasagdan. Kamo anaa’y responsibilidad nga ampingan ang maong proyekto para daghan pa ang makapahimulos niini,” Agabe said during the turn-over ceremony.
(Just because the government resolved the village’s ultimate need for water, the residents can disregard caring for it. You have the responsibility to take care of the project so many can still benefit from it.)
Agabe advised the village officials to create a Barangay Water and Sanitation Association (BAWASA) to ensure the water system’s regular maintenance.
He said that level III water system brings potable water right at the homes of Hagpa Proper and Sitio Lamingan residents.
Meanwhile, Hagpa Punong Barangay Eber Suday thanked the DILG for funding the implementation of their priority project.
“Salamat gyud kaayo sa P6 milyones nga gihatag ni DILG kanamo. Ang tubig nga dugay na namong gihandom, niabot ra gyud diri sa among barangay,” Sunday said.
(We are very thankful for the P6 million given by the DILG. The water that we have longed for is now available in our barangay).
ELCAC Priority Barangay
Agabe said that apart from the level III water supply, the barangay will also receive P20-million worth of funds under the Support to Barangay Development Program (SBDP).
He said the amount will be used for infrastructure projects, such as Local Access Road Rehabilitation worth P14.5-million, construction of a one-story, three-classroom School Building amounting to P4.5-million, and construction of a Level II Potable Water System amounting to P1-million.
During the turnover ceremony, Impasugong Municipal Mayor Anthony Uy said the local government will only fund projects needed by the barangay.
“Dili nato ihatag ang wala nila gikinahanglan sa katawhan. Sama karon, tubig ang problema ani nga barangay ug mao sad ang gipangayo sa ilang Kapitan, ato ning gipangitaan og paagi nga mahatag kini sa ila,”Uy clarified.
(We will not give the people projects they do not need. Just like this barangay, water is their problem and this is what their punong barangay requested, so we looked for ways to give it to them.)