To highlight the sixth-year commemoration of Typhoon Yolanda, the Office of Civil Defense led the inauguration of the water services for fifteen resettlement sites today, 08 November 2019, in Tacloban City.
Usec Ricardo Jalad, NDRRMC Executive Director and Civil Defense Administrator led the inauguration of the Leyte Metropolitan Water District’s (LMWD) New Water Treatment Facility and the turnover of the 14,000 water meters to the recipient communities with Mayor Alfred Romualdez of Tacloban City and LMWD General Manager Pastor A. Homeres, and RDRRMC VIII Chair and OCD VIII Regional Office, Dir. Henry Torres.
The water service facility features filtration systems to turn unclean water to potable water and distribution pumps to ensure that water is delivered and flows securely to the communities.
Mayor Romualdez thanked the NDRRMC for the continued support in the rehabilitation of the Yolanda-stricken communities in Tacloban. “This water service is a big help to our communities,” he said.
“We are happy that the Yolanda-donated funds given by OCD to LMWD had been put to good use for the people of the Yolanda-affected communities,” Usec Jalad said. He also urged the residents to use their water wisely since it is a valuable resource.
The Water Treatment Facility in Brgy. San Isidro, Tacloban City was funded under the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Fund, amounting to PhP 371M, through the efforts of the Local Water Utilities Administration, the City Government of Tacloban, and OCD.
The NDRRMC through OCD previously gave the LMWD PhP 42M worth of Yolanda-donated funds last June 2019 to procure water meters for the rehabilitated communities in Tacloban City.