Water shortage puts Puerto Galera in state of calamity

UNTV News and Rescue

 

ORIENTAL MINDORO, Philippines – Nine of the 13 barangays in Puerto Galera, Oriental Mindoro are currently experiencing insufficient water supply.

This has prompted the local government to declare a state of calamity to enable them to utilize funds intended for such an event.

The following barangays are suffering water crisis:

Poblacion

Sabang

Tabinay

Sinandigan

Balatero

Sto. Niño

Aninua

San Antonio

Villaflor

Based on a report released by Waterworks System Office, the water level at the dam in Barangay Baclayan has dropped to critical level due to high temperatures during the last summer season.

“Sa panahon, yung mismong direct source na kinukunan bumaba na, dropped to the critical level na. Baclayan and Dimayuga talagang wala na, bumaba na,” said Puerto Galera municipal engineer, Engr. Rod Manongsong.

The town of Puerta Galera require 10,000 cubic meters of water supply per day, however, only 4,100 cubic meters are currently being supplied.

This means, only 60 percent or equivalent to 22,000 residents are not receiving water supply.

Jun Quilaton, a resident of Barangay Poblacion, lamented, “Nakita ko po na malaki po ang kakulangan ng tubig sa puerto galera lalong lalo na ang Puerto Galera ay tourist spot so kailangan kailangan po ang tubig sa aming pong lugar sa bayan ay halos isang araw ay maghapon walang tubig”

At present, the local government has provided a schedule for the house-to-house delivery of water to affected areas. – Sherwin Culubong / UNTV News and Rescue

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