ILOILO – Governor Arthur Defensor Sr., with the support of his son and namesake, vowed to provide safe and potable water supply to upland villages in Bingawan town here on Wednesday.
Defensor said his son, 3rd District Congressman Arthur Defensor Jr., has committed P2-million for the establishment of water systems covering 14 barangays in Bingawan.
“We are looking at the possibility of putting up a reservoir for Bingawan by re-channelling the irrigation canal from Jalaur River in Barangay Agcalaga in Calinog town,” Defensor said.
This proposal, however, is still being studied by Engr. Rene Margarico of Provincial Engineer’s Office and will be done in due time.
“We will slowly give you the water you need for I understand how hard it is to find water, especially during summer,” Defensor added.
The governor was in Barangay Alabidhan, Bingawan on Wednesday to open the province’s first communal water system in the town.
The project made in partnership with the Iloilo Caucus of Development Non-government Organizations (Iloilo CODE-NGO) is worth P450,000.
It is designed to serve 800 households in the village and will be managed by Alabidhan Women’s Association headed by Arlene Joy Pet.
Meanwhile, Mayor Matt Palabrica and his brother Vice Mayor Mark Palabrica thanked Defensor for his continued support to the people of Bingawan.
Both underscored the importance of clean water to their people’s survival and productivity.
For her part, Evelyn Plagata, one of beneficiaries of the project, was also grateful to the governor’s help.
“With this project, we will no longer scout for water in other villages or in other people’s well, uncertain whether the water we get from them is truly safe or not,” she said.
Also present during the inauguration were Provincial Board Member Manny Gallar, Director Benedicto Aquino of Iloilo CODE-NGO, and barangay officials of Alabidhan headed by Punong Barangay Esau Palmejar. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)