DILG conducts spot
checks on Leyte, Biliran water projects
By Philippine Information
Agency (PIA 8)
June 8, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – The
Department of Interior and Local Government recently inspected four
(4) water projects in the provinces of Leyte and Biliran, pursuant to
the directive of Secretary Mar Roxas.
DILG Region 8 Director Pedro
A. Noval Jr. said that the team, composed of personnel from the DILG
Office of Project Development Service (OPDS) and DILG-8 Regional
Office, visited the towns of Alang-alang, Calubian and Tolosa in the
province of Leyte and the municipality of Culaba in Biliran in the
later part of the month of May.
The group looked into the
financial and physical status of projects being implemented by
beneficiary towns under the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat or
SALINTUBIG program to ensure that government money is spent for its
intended purpose, Dir. Noval said.
He added that inspections
would be done in all other DILG projects to promote transparency and
The water system for the
Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Culaba, Biliran is now fully completed, a
media statement written by Mr. Myles Colasito, DILG8 Information
Aside from serving the RHU,
the water supply system was expanded to 30 households covering three
Meanwhile, the Level 3 water
project in Calubian is about 45% completed and on time for completion
by July. About five barangays in Calubian which are presently using
Level 1 (communal well) water system will be able to avail of potable
water inside their own homes once the project is finished.
On the other hand, the
project in Alang-alang, Leyte is at the detailed engineering design
stage. Slated to start in August, it is expected to end by December of
municipality of Tolosa, Leyte has already bought a 1.8 cubic meter
water tank for its RHU, and is arranging for its eventual connection
to the water district. Once completed, the project will also serve the
needs of the newly built municipal executive building.
Director Noval intimated
that the office shall be hiring additional engineers on a contractual
basis to assist in the monitoring of its projects. He likewise
encouraged the citizens to take an active part in the project by
monitoring the projects.
DILG-8 is currently
assisting 25 LGUs which benefited from the regular SALINTUBIG program
for 2012, and 33 LGUs which availed of SALINTUBIG projects under the
2013 Bottom-Up Budgeting (BUB) system.
SALINTUBIG program of the
government aims to provide water supply systems to waterless
municipalities, waterless barangays, and waterless health centers as
part of the country’s commitment to attain the Millennium Development
Goals (MDGs), Director Noval said.