MAPANDAN–The municipal government, in partnership with the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), is setting up a P40-million potable water system here that will benefit about 35,000 people in 4,000 households.
Mayor Jose Ferdinand Calimlim told The PUNCH the project is scheduled for bidding in February and construction work will start by March. Completion is targeted within three years.
The local government unit will fund 30% to 35% of the project equity.
“This will be a historic development in our town because this will be the first time we will have our potable water system,” Calimlim said. “Right now, people buy their potable drinking water from purified water refilling stations which is costly,” he said.
He said the project is an added boost to their town, a two-time awardee for the government’s Clean and Green annual competition. Initially, two pumping stations will be put up in barangays Poblacion and Luyan.
BACKPACKS FOR STUDENTS
Meanwhile, Calimlim said about 8,000 pupils and students from public and private schools have benefited from free school backpacks given by the municipal government. The colorful bags carry a smiley icon with the words: “Mapandan, The Town of Happy Faces. Our Family, Our Community.”
The mayor, assisted by the town officials, distributed the bags last week. He stressed that they always aim to give something back to their constituents anytime of the year. “You take care of those bags because the funding came from the taxes paid by your parents,” Calimlim told the schoolchildren.
The local officials will also be giving school supplies to students when the new school year starts in June, the mayor added.–EVA