By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA 1, Ilocos Norte
PASUQUIN, Ilocos Norte – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 1 has provided a fund support amounting to P991,054 to rehabilitate the potable water system servicing the Agrarian Reform Communities (ARCs) here.
DOLE Region 1 Director Grace Ursua turned over the check to Pasuquin town mayor Felix Aguinaldo, Jr. in simple rites at the municipal hall last week in the presence of local officials, the beneficiaries and representatives from the labor agency.
Dubbed as “Rehabilitation and Improvement of Potable Water System,” the project needs Php1,793,984 funds for its repair.
The DOLE shared P991,054 for the purchase of supplies and materials while Pasuquin shouldered P497,680 as its counterpart.
The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) gave P24,000 and the Carusikis ARC Rural Waterworks Sanitation Association (CARCRWSA) allotted P281,250 for additional materials, training costs and labor costs.
Ursua said the livelihood assistance will benefit the residents from five ARCs in Pasuquin town, namely, Casurikis, San Juan, Sta. Catalina, Sta. Matilde and Tadao including Barangay Dilanis.
The CARCRWSA with 502 members from the five ARCs will manage the project while the LGU will serve as the Project Management Team that supervise the implementation of the project.
Teresita Pagaduan, 57, the association General Manager, has expressed her enthusiasm about the project, saying it helps bring to light their noble vision for the beneficiary ARCs which have been enduring the lack of a water system for a long time.
“In behalf of all the beneficiaries, I truly thank the DOLE, the LGU of Pasuquin and other stakeholders for pouring in the much-needed assistance in our communities,” Pagaduan said.
At present, residents of the beneficiary communities get their water from other sources which are about three to ten kilometers away from their houses, Pagaduan told.
She said the assistance will enable them to tap spring water sources which abound in the mountainous part of the ARCs through the installation of structures and connection facilities which will provide direct access to households.
Some 502 members shall be charged P10 per cubic meter, where monthly consumption is pegged at 15 cubic meter.
“With the project, we are able to provide the covered communities with greater access to a very basic necessity and at the same time, create an enterprise which will generate employment and augment incomes,” Director Ursua said.
CARCRWSA is registered with the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) and with the Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office 1.#