Some 840,381 households nationwide are benefiting from the 1,825 completed potable water supply projects from the Bottom-up Budgeting (BuB)-Water Supply Project since the program started in 2013.
According to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), the BuB-Water Supply Projects is one of the components under the DILG-BuB program, which aims to strengthen local communities’ participation in national budget formulation and project implementation.
“We all know that water is life and these potable water supply projects will greatly help our fellow Filipinos in the waterless municipalities to have access to potable drinking water,” DILG Secretary Ismael Sueno said on Thursday.
Sueno added that the department, through the Office of Project Development Services Water Supply and Sanitation Unit (OPDS- WSSU). is also monitoring the progress of the remaining 1,469 projects that are in various stages of project implementation.
Of the 1,469 projects, 697 are being implemented, 252 are on procurement stage, 334 have approved initial documents like Detailed Engineering Design (DED) or Program of Work (POW), and 186 are on preparation of initial documents.
The DILG secretary explained that potable water supply projects take a long time to complete because of the nature of work needed to be done.
The initial documents take about two to three months to complete and the procurement takes another two to three months.
The entire project implementation phase takes about 18 to 20 months to finish.
Sueno said the department allotted a total of P1.058 billion in 2013 for the 678 potable water supply projects.
Of these, 643 are completed, 30 are being implemented and 5 are on procurement stage.
Sueno said another P2.136 billion was allotted for the implementation of 1,075 BuB-water supply projects in 2014.
Of these, 734 are completed, 253 are being implemented, 65 on procurement stage, 21 with approved initial documents and 2 are on preparation of initial documents.
For the 2015 program, 1,145 projects amounting to P2.791 billion was programmed by the DILG.
A total of 445 projects out of these have been completed, 390 are being implemented, 143 on procurement stage, 135 with approved initial documents and 32 are on preparation of initial documents.
For the 2016 program, the DILG allotted P2.082 billion for the implementation of 396 BuB water supply projects.
Three of these are already complete, 24 are being implemented, 39 are on procurement stage, 178 have approved initial documents and 152 are on preparation of initial documents. JING VILLAMENTE