Name of LGU Maayon, Capiz
Brief Profile of LGU Maayon is located in the south-eastern portion of the Province of Capiz, bearing a distance of 31.6 kilometers from the center of communication of Capiz Province which is Roxas City. The municipality has a total land area of 18,002 hectares. Some portion of the town is considered flat and hilly and its eastern section is mountainous. It is bounded in the north by the Municipalities of Panitan and Pontevedra, northwest by the Municipality of President Roxas, southwest by the Municipality of Sara, province of Iloilo, on the south by the Municipality of Lemery, Iloilo and Municipality of Cuartero, on the southeast by the Municipality of Dao and northeast by the Municipality of Panitan. It has a projected population and household of 39,187 and 6,831 respectively in 2016. The main source of income of the inhabitants is farming.
Title of Project Rehabilitation of Level II Water Systems
Location Barangays Bongbongan and Guinbialan, Maayon, Capiz

Water is one of the basic necessities of life. It is necessary in almost all activities especially in the household, such as cleaning, cooking, maintenance of personal hygiene, etc. Unfortunately, water access has been a perennial problem in the municipality. In the past, water system has not been sustainable even in the Poblacion area.

For Barangays Bongbongan and Guinbialan in the Municipality of Maayon, Province of Capiz, access to potable water has been difficult. In the past, both barangays were able to avail funds for spring development and had their respective level II water systems. However, both water systems were seriously damaged by Super Typhoon Yolanda and became unserviceable. Residents of these barangays went back to their previous practice of fetching water straight from the spring source, rivers or creeks, few minutes away from the barangay proper.

Municipal data in 2015 revealed that almost 11% of households in the municipality do not have access to potable water. Although some households were able to afford the installation of private water pumps and/or water tanks of rainwater, most of the residents in the lowland barangays get water from wells (open, artesian or pump wells) while those in upland barangays rely on underdeveloped springs, rivers or creeks for their daily water use. Most of these sources take 10 to 15 minutes of walk along weather-damaged, seldom-maintained feeder roads. The road condition makes it more difficult to fetch water especially on rainy days, when these roads become muddy and slippery. During these days, fetching water becomes a dangerous task especially for children and elderly members of the household. Some opt to fetch water with the aid of their “karusa”, a local carriage made of bamboo being dragged by a carabao. The safety of water from these sources is also unsure.

In 2014, the municipality was included in the list of LGU recipients of the Payapa at Masaganang Pamayanan Program (PAMANA) Program, a DILG-led program and framework for peace and development. This program implements development interventions in line with the Millennium Development Goals in isolated, hard-to-reach and conflict-affected communities, ensuring that they are not left behind. A total of 2million pesos was allocated to the municipality out of the PAMANA DILG Fund.

Per recommendation of the municipal government of Maayon, Barangay’s Bongbongan and Guinbialan were the chosen sites of PAMANA Program implementation. These adjacent barangays are situated in the far-flung, mountainous portion of the Municipality, the former entails around 35 to 45 minutes of travel, traversing weather-damaged, unpaved roads, with some stretch of concreted provincial roads, while the latter entails another 10 to 15 minutes travel time from the former. The primary mode of public transportation to and from these communities is single detached motorcycle or habal-habal.

“The municipal government decided to request for the rehabilitation of water systems in barangays Bongbongan and Maayon, allotting 1 million pesos each per barangay, to be funded out of our PAMANA Fund allocation to address the issue of difficulty of access to potable and safe water,” explained Hon. Wilfredo Borres, Sr., Maayon Municipal Mayor.

As part of the project, two (2) water tanks were established in Barangay Bongbongan with 15 tap stands installed along the barangay road, serving around 200 households. Another two (2) water tanks were also established in Barangay Guinbialan with four (4) tap stands serving around 100 households.

“Prior to this project, we needed to fetch water few times a day directly from the spring source. It was very taxing for us as we should allot hours just to fetch enough water for our daily needs. On rainy days, we had to be extra careful of our steps because the road becomes slippery. It was even dangerous to send our children to fetch water but we had no choice,” recounts Ms. Norie Roxas, PTCA President of Bongbongan Elementary School.

“Water access today is much easier. We can fetch water anytime since the tap stands are installed just along the barangay roads. Instead of spending much time in fetching water, we now have more time to do other household chores. It also allows us to spend more quality time with our family. Not only that, we are, especially our children, are now spared from the danger of walking to and fetching water from the spring source,” shares Jinnefer Daug, Guinbialan Barangay Treasurer.

The PAMANA Project was formally turned over by the municipal government of Maayon to the concerned barangays through Punong Barangay Edgar Ramon of Bongbongan and Punong Barangay Elsie Depeña of Guinbialan during a ceremony in Barangay Bongbongan on June 8, 2016. The activity was attended by the beneficiaries, concerned Sangguniang Barangay members and DILG Regional and Provincial PAMANA Teams headed by DILG VI Regional Director Atty. Anthony C. Nuyda and DILG Capiz Provincial Director Clyne B. Deocampo.

In his message, Mayor Borres emphasized the effort of the national government to facilitate development and progress down to the grassroots level. “This is a reminder that despite the remoteness of our area, we can feel the presence and care of our government. Our government is sensitive to our needs and addresses these needs, one program at a time,” he said.

RD Nuyda on the other hand reminded the beneficiaries to take care and preserve the water system as it is now their property.

The concerned Punong Barangays with the assistance of the Maayon Municipal Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WaSH) Task Force headed by the Municipal Mayor is set to partner with a non-government organization for the establishment of a Barangay Waterworks and Sanitation Association to ensure proper management and maintenance of their respective water systems. (LGOO V Christy V. Gernace, DILG6-Capiz)

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