Mt. Province waterworks to open by year end

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SAGADA, MOUNTAIN PROVINCE: Following the monitoring of the P36 million Boasaw irrigation and domestic works project, Mountain Province Coordinator Beverly Pekas of the Cordillera Highland Agricultural Resource Management Project (CHARMP) of the Department of Agriculture said waters shall be reaching the town before the end of the year.

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This irrigation and domestic waterworks project with a 200 percent plus slippage rate was delayed because of bad engineering design, snags in tank construction and issues in mainline tapping.

The project contracted by Cotabato-based FFJJ Construction was bidded December 2011 and implemented by February 2012 with P18 million from the priority development assistance funds (PDAF) of Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd and P18 million from the CHARMP.

The implementation, however, was questioned by the City Council in 2012 because it would not reach the intended 15 barangay beneficiaries. The councilors also asked for changes in the project’s design.

Following monitoring of the redesigned project, Engr Windel Baaten of CHARMP, said an 8 inch pipe had been connected from the water canal to the 6 inch diameter pipe from the main Boasaw dam.

The rest of the suggested changes are to be implemented in the coming days as monitoring of the project continues.

During a meeting between CHARMP and LGU officers in March this year, it was found that there are no pipes leading to homes but only to public faucets located within clustered households.

There are also plans to organize barangay-based water associations and checking metering consumption when proper a water supply program is implemented.

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