LEGAZPI CITY – A party-list lawmaker is optimistic that the ongoing construction of solar-powered water systems in Bicol will help residents in far-flung villages of the region in getting potable water.
“We are targeting around 200 units of water system facilities in Bicol. But presently, we have ongoing civil works of 71 units mostly located in the upland areas to give the people in the communities clean and potable water for their daily consumptions,” Ako Bikol Rep. Alfredo Garbin Jr. said in an interview on Wednesday.
He said the national government released an initial funding of PHP200 million for these facilities under the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2020.
Garbin said the water system facilities are part of the priority projects of the AKB which aim to address the water shortage problem in remote communities.
He said the construction of each solar-powered water system costs PHP3.5 million.
“This already includes filtration processes and a water pump that will produce water safe to drink and consume for hygienic purposes,” Garbin said.
He thanked the national government for allocating budget for the construction of water system facilities which primary beneficiaries are the “residents in areas not being served by the government-run or private-owned water districts or distribution facilities”.
Garbin said through this water system project, people in the upland areas will no longer fetch water or wash their clothes in the rivers, adding that the solar panel-powered water facilities have the capacity to distribute adequate water to households. (PNA)