Gov. Hataman leads groundbreaking of P10-M water system in Maguindanao
Cotabato City (October 29, 2015) – Governor Mujiv Hataman of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) led on Thursday, October 29, the groundbreaking of a P10-million, Level 2, water supply system in Datu Odin Sinsuat, Maguindanao.
The region’s Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH-ARMM)) will undertake the project, which is expected to be completed in approximately five months. Gov. Hataman said the project is part of the regional government’s efforts to improve local residents’ access to potable water and sanitation.
He said he has ordered the DPWH-ARMM to allot at least 30% of the regional government’s infrastructure funds to water systems following a cholera outbreak in a coastal community in Maguindanao in 2013 that killed two and affected more than 60 residents.
The outbreak was due to a contaminated water source in the area based on a report from the regional office of the Department of Health. The governor said the water system projects will help prevent the spread of waterborne diseases in communities that lack access to safe drinking water.
Sharifa Bagel, 60, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, Datu Odin Sinsuat, said the project is a big help to the residents. In all her years in the community, she said, this would be her first time to experience the ease of having access to a Level 2 water supply. A Level 2 system refers to water supplied by pipes from a communal source. Meanwhile, Mayor Datu Ombra Sinsuat said his administration is thankful for the water system project and all the other projects that have been provided by the ARMM government to his municipality. (Bureau of Public Information)