water projects undergo DILG spot checks
By MYLES JOSEPH E. COLASITO
May 30, 2013
TACLOBAN CITY – Four water
projects in Leyte and Biliran under the Department of the Interior and
Local Government (DILG) were recently inspected by the DILG Central
This was revealed by
Regional Dir. Pedro A. Noval Jr. who added 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 Leyte and the municipality of Culaba in Biliran last May
Dir. Noval said 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 (SALINTUBIG) program to ensure that government money is spent
for its intended purpose. He added that inspections would be done in
all other DILG projects to promote accountability.
The water system for the
Rural Health Unit (RHU) of Culaba, Biliran is now fully completed.
Aside from serving the RHU, the water supply system was expanded to 30
households covering three barangays. The Level 3 water project in
Calubian is about 45% done 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 by August, it is expected to end by December of
this year. The 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.
The office shall be hiring
additional engineers on a contractual basis to assist in the
monitoring of its projects. RD Noval likewise encouraged citizens to
take an active part in the project through their cooperation and
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 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).