CARIGARA, Leyte-A total of P42.46 million has been earmarked by the Second Leyte Engineering District(2nd LED) of the Department of Public Works and Highways(DPWH) for its water pipeline installation project here to expand water distribution and to ensure a better water supply service.
The project is under the Tourism Water Infrastructure (TouWa) Program which is a joint project of the DPWH, Department of Tourism, Local Water Utilities Administration, and the National Anti-Poverty Commission with support from the United States Agency for International Development, seeking to facilitate tourism and economic growth in identified priority development areas in the Philippines.
The installation of polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes will run along the Palo-Carigara-Ormoc national highway covering the barangays of Tagak, Barugohay Central, Jugaban, San Mateo, Barugohay Norte in Carigara town up to the road leading to the next town of Barugo.
Engineer Carlos Veloso, head of the 2nd LED, said the installation and replacement of this distribution lines are also being undertaken to pave the way for the widening of bridges to four lanes located along these areas.
“We are expanding and rehabilitating old bridges and widening them to accommodate the burgeoning traffic along major routes in the district, and our water lines are likewise affected,” Veloso said.
Meanwhile, the Metro Carigara Water District (MCWD), the water utility in the area, pointed out this project is intended to address the vulnerability of the water main which has been installed more than 50 years ago.
MCWD noted increasing number of complaints such as “intermittent to no water supply, pressure fluctuation, and pipe leaks.”