WATER IN EVERY BARANGAY IN MINDANAO AND PALAWAN. DILG Secretary Eduardo Año listens intently as MinDA Secretary Emmanuel Piñol explains the establishment of the Solar-Powered Water Supply and Desalination Facilities in remote villages in Mindanao and Palawan during a meeting held October 23, DILG Main Office, Quezon City.

DAVAO CITY – In a bid to provide water to remote village in Mindanao and Palawan, MinDA and DILG will launch the MinDA Water on November 22 in Davao City.

The Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Año and the Mindanao Development Authority Chairman, Sec. Manny Piñol, agreed to jumpstart the ambitious project during an inter-agency meeting, October 23, DILG Main Office in Quezon City.

“Soon, each barangay in Mindanao, Sulu and Palawan will have clean water for drinking and for irrigation”, MinDA Secretary Emmanul Piñol said.

The program aims to establish Solar-Powered Water Supply and Desalination Facilities in all barangay across Mindanao, including the Provinces Sulu and Palawan.

“All Governors and Mayors of towns and cities of Mindanao, including, Palawan, are expected to be present during the roll out of the program”, Sec Año said.

President Rodrigo R. Duterte will be invited to grace the launching of the project which aims to provide drinking and irrigation water in all villages of Mindanao over the next three years.

The solar-powered water supply project will be offered in three packages.

The first package is the solar-powered rural combo water program which will provide water both for drinking and excess water for small irrigation projects for vegetable farms and backyard livestock projects.

Coastal and island communities will get the solar-powered desalination water projects, while the solar-powered irrigation systems which is the third package will be for rice and high-value crops.

An estimated $500 Million loan fund from Israel will be used to fund the project which be channeled through the Development Bank of the Philippines.

The LGUs could avail of the loan with concessional interest rates and will be provided with capability building trainings to implement the projects as an income-earning economic enterprise.

This will be the first massive program which will address the twin problems of remote barangays, water for drinking and water for irrigation.

“The availability of safe drinking water is necessary for better health of rural people while the excess water for irrigation improves agricultural productivity”, Piñol stressed.

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