THE blessing and inauguration of the Malaybalay City Water District (MCWD) Water Supply Expansion Project at Barangay Laguitas, City of
Malaybalay highlighted the District’s 31st Anniversary celebration on September 6, 2006.
The project was implemented in the month of August through the close coordination of the Barangay Government with the MCWD. Due to funding constraints, Barangay Laguitas, the Local Government Unit and the MCWD made use of their available materials just to make it possible to for water supply to reach to the barangay households who have long been clamoring for potable water supply.
The project was realized as Barangay Laguitas turned over their available pipes to the district and was laid serving both as transmission and distribution lines. The MCDW, however, provided, for the fittings and labor during project implementation. Hence, the project was operational as of August 18, 2006 supplying the barangay with potable water daily, initially free of charge.
The affair was attended by City Vice Mayor Ignacio W. Zubiri who led in the Ribbon Cutting and Opening of the Blow-Off Valve assisted by Punong Barangay Rosana M. Linhay, GM Jun Aroa and members of the MCWD Board of Directors while blessing of the new system was officiated by Rev. Fr. Wilmar J. Tumapon.
In her welcome remarks, Barangay Captain Rosana M. Linhay thanked the City Government of Malaybalay, the Malaybalay City Water District as well as the barangay officials and residents of Laguitas for the concerted effort in order to realize their desire of having a potable water supply which is currently in place at last.
Meanwhile, GM June Aroa of MCWD in his speech stressed that it is MCWD’s mandate to serve the waterless areas especially those barangays located along the highway, that is why the District through the Board of Directors, prioritized the implementation of said expansion project.
GM Aroa also emphasized that with this mew project the barangay can now expect rapid economic development as water is its main requisite.
On the other hand, Vice Mayor Iñaki Zubiri in his message also gave credit to the local government unit of Malaybalay especially to the Honorable Mayor Doc Boy Flores for undertaking the Kibalabag Water Project which made it possible for the water district to extend its services to Barangay Laguitas.
MCWD Board Chairman Abundio L. Okit in his talk noted the positive reception of the residents of Laguitas of the newly completed project by their attendance in the program. He said that it was heartwarming to see people gather for the inauguration which depicts how grateful they are for the water services that have finally reached their place.
Since Barangay Laguitas is the 16th Barangay included in the service area of MCWD, an on-site orientation-seminar for new applicants for water service connection was conducted prior to the inauguration.