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In Agusan Sur, safe water for 72,737 households

Patin-Ay, Prosperidad, Agusan del Sur – At least 72,737 households from various municipalities now have potable and safe drinking water.

The program is under the provincial government’s “Tubig Imnonon Natong Agusanon (TINA)” (Drinking Water for Us Agusanons) program. TINA aims to address the scarcity of potable water in the countryside.

Agusan del Sur Gov. Adolph Edward G. Plaza mobilized engineers and technical personnel of the Provincial Engineering Office (PEO) to upgrade its biosand facilities in at least 70 highland and far-flung villages to address the unsanitary water system. A study showed the existence of e-coli bacteria in the water supply. The study conducted by an expert from partner NGO, the Mindanao Baptist Rural Life Center.

“You must take necessary measures to address the water source problem in the remote communities of the province,” Gov. Plaza said.

The delivery of safe drinking water in the remote areas in the province is part of the programs of Gov. Plaza and his sister Agusan del Sur 1st District solon Rep. Maria Valentina “Tina” Plaza.

According to a 2005 Community Based Monitoring System data, only 68 percent of the 109,103 households have access to potable and safe drinking water. Out of the 74,170 households with potable water, 930 depended on purified bottled water; 13,176 are served with Level III; 26,286 served with Level II and; and 33,275 with Level I.