AGOO, La Union—Seven waterless barangays in Agoo, La Union will soon be enjoying clean and potable water from Metro Agoo Waterworks Inc.
This was announced by Agoo Mayor Stefanie Eriguel after signing an agreement with MAWI officials led chairman Jolly Ting and president Roderick Ongcarranceja to provide water services in Barangays Ambitacay, Balawarte, San Isidro, San Manuel Norte, San Nicolas West, San Roque East and San Roque West.
The memorandum signing at the ABC Hall of Municipality of Agoo was witnessed by Sangguniang Bayan members of Agoo, officials from the Department of Interior and Local Government, and the respective barangay councils of the beneficiaries.
Eriguel said: “We value this new development as our constituents are in dire need of potable water. This will have direct impact to some 2,649 families in addressing health and sanitation issues in their communities. The five barangay beneficiaries are in coastal areas, while the two barangays are situated in mountain ranges where there is lack of sustainable water supply.”
Studies have shown an inadequate sustainable water source within Agoo due to the Rosario Formation, a geological unit composed of silt, sand and shale. The area also lacks an effective water distribution system, inducing residents and establishments to dig their own wells or buy water from vendors.
Through the initiative of La Union 2nd District Rep. Sandra Eriguel and Mayor Eriguel, Agoo managed to acquire a financing grant from the DILG under the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig (Salintubig) Program to establish a potable water facility in the waterless barangays, or outside the initial service area of MAWI.
MAWI is a subsidiary of Calapan Waterworks Corp., and is an affiliate company of publicly-listed Jolliville Holdings Corp. It was established to provide adequate and potable water supply in the town of Agoo.
MAWI has a standing agreement with the local government of Agoo that covers the joint and cooperation of MAWI and the Agoo LGU in the successful construction, installation, operation and maintenance of a water supply system for the supply and distribution of water for domestic, industrial and/or commercial use.
In a statement, MAWI Chairman Ting said: “The Salintubig Program in Agoo is a shining example of public-private partnership. It is in the cooperation of these two sectors that will spur our country towards progress and economic sustainability.”
MAWI launched its first water operations in Agoo in 2016. This has contributed to the economic growth of the municipality, coupled with a better quality of life for the residents who used to buy costly water from water vendors. MAWI has also expanded its service area to the southern barangays of the neighboring municipality of Aringay.