583 households in insurgency-cleared NegOcc village get water supply

Posted by watchmen
December 1, 2023


Some 583 households in the border barangay of Sikatuna, one of the insurgency-cleared villages in Negros Occidental’s Isabela town, now have a steady water supply with the installation of an elevated water tank through the assistance of the Philippine Army.

The 62nd Infantry Battalion (IB) tapped the Philippine Army Finance Center Producers Integrated Cooperative (PAFCPIC) to sponsor the project, which was inaugurated on Wednesday, November 29.

In a telephone interview yesterday, 1Lt. Mary Liza Joy de Guzman, civil-military operations officer of 62IB, said insufficient water supply was identified as among the needs of the residents during the Army’s community support program consultations.

“A mechanism is needed to stock the water from the source. Water supply needs to be distributed to the schools, barangay hall, day care center, church and market site,” she said.

De Guzman said having a regular water supply also promotes health and sanitation in the remote community, particularly among the learners at Sikatuna Elementary School, who need to wash their hands and clean the comfort rooms.

The elevated concrete water tank, which is connected to a spring, has a capacity of 12,000 liters and will be maintained and managed by the officials and residents of Barangay Sikatuna.

In a statement, Sikatuna village Dionaldo Asuncion thanked the Philippine Army and the PAFCPIC for their generosity in installing a water storage system in the village.

“Despite the mountainous terrain of our barangay, the project still reached us. You found a way to provide us with support,” he said.

The turnover ceremony was attended by Mayor Irene Montilla, PAFCPIC Board of Representative Lt. Colonel Van Kristoffer Sumbeling, 62IB commanding officer Lt. Colonel William Pesase, Jr. and Lt. Colonel Roque Dupa, commanding officer of the 542nd Engineering Construction Battalion.

The municipal government and PAFCPIC also distributed 600 water containers and food packs to the residents.

Barangay Sikatuna, one of the eight villages in Isabela cleared from the influence of the Communist Party of the Philippines-New People’s Army, is also a recipient of the Local Government Support Fund-Support to Barangay Development Program of the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict. (PNA)



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