BUTUAN CITY, April 6 - The Municipality of Alegria, Surigao del Norte has recently inaugurated the Php13.25 Million newly constructed Level III-Water Supply System which will provide safe drinking water to nine (9) target barangays.
The said project is enrolled by the local government unit of Alegria to the Millennium Development Goals Fund (MDG Fund) through the Municipal Development Fund Office of the Department of Finance (MDFO-DOF).
In his speech, Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, DILG XIII Regional Director, said that funding constraints on the part of low-income LGUs is viewed as a stumbling block to the concrete and meaningful attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). He stressed that for the said reason, the Municipal Development Fund Office (MDFO) of the Department of Finance (DOF) and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) has initiated the establishment of a separate lending facility that offers concessional financing for LGUs to fast track the localization of MDGs.
“We have enrolled the water system subproject to DILG to provide access to safe and potable water to Alegria residents,” said Alegria Municipal Mayor Dominador Esma, Jr during his speech.
Mayor Esma added that the water system subproject will help eradicate water-borne diseases, generate employment and bring development and additional income to Alegria. He further added the improvement of the water system will encourage the private sector to invest in the municipality. Mayor Esma expressed his gratefulness to DILG for sharing its technical expertise to the project implementation through series of capability building trainings it provided from project preparation to project operations.
MDGF is a development project of DILG through its Office of Project Development Service (OPDS) which intends to provide institutional capability-building program and pursue infrastructure investment support to participating LGUs in the country. It also provides technical assistance and advisory services to LGUs with regards to essential infrastructure services. (Renelou F. Jaranilla, DILG-13/PIA-Caraga)