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Co: Congress’ P10B for solar water supply a milestone

April 30, 2023 Ryan Ponce Pacpaco 237 views

For sustainable solutions in PH

AKO Bicol party-list Rep. Zaldy Co, chairmsn of the House committee on appropriations, under the leadership of Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez, has announced the allocation of 10 billion pesos for the Solar Powered Water Supply System in the whole nation.

Co said the initiative marks a significant milestone towards promoting sustainable water supply solutions, and preparing for climate-related challenges such as the El Niño phenomenon, which is expected to occur in the country this year.

“As the chairman of the appropriations in Congress and with the concurrence of the Speaker, we have approved the allocation of 10 billion pesos for the implementation of solar-powered water supply systems throughout the entire country,” said the Bicolano lawmaker.

“This is the first time that Congress has allocated funds for the implementation of solar-powered water supply systems throughout the Philippines,” Co said in an interview at the inauguration of a solar-powered water supply system and multi-purpose building project of Ako Bicol Party List in Brgy. Banquerohan in Legazpi City, Albay.

The Solar Powered Water Supply System uses solar energy to provide a cost-effective and sustainable water supply to upland communities without access to services of water concessionaires. Its built-in filtration system provides cleaner water compared to traditional systems relying on non-renewable sources.

The water produced by the system is safe for drinking, unlike that provided by water concessionaires.

The project aims to provide access to clean water in remote and underserved areas where it may not be viable for water concessionaires to install water lines due to the communities’ economic limitations.

In addition to providing sustainable and affordable water supply solutions, the Solar Powered Water Supply System also ensures that beneficiaries can maintain the system at a minimal cost.

They only need to pay 20 pesos per family per month for the maintenance of the filter system, significantly lower than the minimum monthly payment of 200 pesos for water concessionaires service.

This makes the initiative more accessible to underserved communities in need of clean water but cannot afford the high costs of traditional water supply systems.

Under the leadership of Rep. Co, AKO Bicol Party-list has been actively implementing solar-powered water supply systems in remote areas of the Bicol Region for three years.

This successful track record made it easier for Speaker Romualdez to approve the recent allocation for the nationwide Solar Powered Water Supply System.

The initiative aligns with Co’s advocacy for sustainable solutions for energy and agriculture needs, and it also contributes to mitigating the impact of climate change in the region.

The allocation of funds for the Solar Powered Water Supply System initiative in the General Appropriations Act (GAA) of 2023 through the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) is a remarkable accomplishment for Speaker Romualdez and President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr.

The project not only addresses the lack of access to clean water in remote and underserved Filipino communities but also fulfills the Speaker and the President’s pledge to promote sustainable solutions for the country.

This historic investment serves as a testament to Speaker Romualdez’s commitment to serving the Filipino people beyond his campaign promises.

By funding this project, Co said Speaker Romualdez and the President are surpassing expectations and leaving a lasting legacy of their dedication to improving the lives of millions of Filipinos.