Northcot LGU builds water system for Makilala villagers PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 12 June 2014 14:35

Barangay Concepcion in the hinterland Makilala town, North Cotabato now has a water system designed by sanitation experts to protect villagers from water-borne diseases and prevent any outbreak of Cholera in the community.
The project, costing P891,000, was formally turned over on Tuesday by North Cotabato Gov. Emmylou Taliño-Mendoza and local officials to residents of Barangay Concepcion.
Physician Eva Rabaya, acting provincial health officer, said the water system project complements their effort of addressing domestic health concerns, such as the prevention of gastrointestinal problems among local folks.
The Barangay Conception water supply facility was inaugurated just about a month after eight people in Alamada town perished while more than 200 others were hospitalized due to Cholera, apparently spread by poor sanitation practices by villagers.
There is a team of medical practitioners and epidemiologists from the provincial government now helping educate local residents in Alamada, a hinterland town the first district of North Cotabato, how to prevent dysentery due to Vibreo Chlorae, or Entamoeba Histolytica.
The provincial government had spent a big amount of money for the medication of the victims and for other interventions needed to hasten the restoration of normalcy in the Cholera-stricken farming enclaves in Alamada.
Edward Lamay, chairman of Barangay Concepcion, one of the key agricultural hubs in Makilala, told reporters they are delighted with the completion of the water system project, now supplying clean drinking water to local residents.
“We will take good care of this water system. This is a big help to us,” Lamay said.
Mendoza had told the beneficiaries of the water system project, which was bankrolled by her office, to be health conscious always and to immediately avail of the services of the Integrated Provincial Health Office in case they would need any.
Mendoza said she has a standing directive to the IPHO, led its officer-in-charge, Dr. Rabaya,  to closely monitor, on a round-the-clock basis if the need arises, the health condition of residents in North Cotabato’s 17 towns and its capital, Kidapawan City.
The governor said the projects of her administration must not be tainted with any political color since it is her obligation, as chief executive of the province, to provide North Cotabato residents with what they need in keeping with her mandate to serve the local Moro, Christian and non-Moro indigenous communities.
Mendoza and representatives of the Makilala local government had earlier inaugurated a P3.5 million box culvert to prevent flooding, during the rainy days, of a thoroughfare in Barangay Guangan, also in Makilala.
The provincial government had also completed last month three road projects in Makilala, the Cabilao-Tinago road, the Old Bulatukan-Diansig road, and the Lower Saguing-Libertad road, that now interconnects agricultural districts in the municipality.