Rodrigo S. Victoria
NAVAL, Biliran – The perennial problem on the scarcity of potable water supply of residents in barangay Catmon in this municipality will already be answered as two non-government organizations collaborated for the construction of Ram Pump Project (RPP) right within the barangay.
The Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Incorporated (AIDFI)-Cocal Cola AGOS Project in coordination with the Rotary Club of Biliran Island implements the P4.7M water source project.
The (RPP) is expected to be benefited by some 500 households of Catmon proper and its nearby three sitios namely: Puro, Mocalbocal and Baras.
According to Che Idzenga, project director, AIDFI-Coca-Cola AGOS Project, in a meeting with the barangay officials, sitio leaders of Barangay Catmon on March 12, 2016 in Catmon barangay hall with some members of Rotary Club of Biliran Island led by its president, Engr. Ferdinand D. Morillo, the ram pump project will not only give sufficient supply of potable water to the residents of the barangay but it will also provide livelihood opportunities and knowledge on proper waste disposal system to the residents as these are included as major components of the project implementation.
Idzenga, who has been collaborating with the local government unit of Naval through Mayor Susan V. Parilla assured the barangay officials concerned that the project will start this March once the initial documents required are already submitted.
Residents in Barangay Catmon will also get some economic benefit as AIDFI will hire local laborers from the barangay once the construction of the project starts, Idzenga added.
“We need your help and cooperation,”he appealed to the barangay officials and sitio leaders including the residents of Barangay Catmon for the successful implementation of the ram pump project as there are times when “bayanihan” (provision of free community labor), is needed in some phases of the project. # (FJ/rvictoria/PIA 8 Biliran)