Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Mayor Jude Thaddeus Sayson inaugurated the city’s water refilling station projects in barangays Bata and Mansilingan, Bacolod City, Thursday.
The City of Bacolod has put up 10 refilling stations in barangays Bata, Mansilingan, Singcang, Tangub, Banago, Villamonte, Sum-ag, Handumanan, Taculing and Mandalagan, in response to the need for affordable clean water of the poor, a press release from City Hall said.
Leonardia said “Nowadays, people buy water from refilling stations at a price higher than that of softdrinks, so I am glad that barangay residents now have city-provided water stations where they can buy affordable potable water.”
Sayson said the station answers the need for quality water and allows the barangay to go into a money-making venture by selling water at wholesale price.
The blessing of the Bata Water Refilling Station was officiated by Fr. Rodolfo Tan, the release said.
Also present was Kagawad Flor Abaring who represented her father, Barangay Captain Resituto Abaring of Brgy. Bata.
Leonardia also presided over the opening ceremony for the water refilling station in Barangay Mansilingan the same day, where he was joined by Councilor Carl Lopez and Mansilingan barangay officials led by Brgy. Capitan Leonardo Suansing.
Amy Tenti of the City Engineer’s Office, who supervised the construction, said the water refilling station project of the city is designed to facilitate a cheaper supply of clean and potable water in the city and also provide an income-generating business for the host barangay.
Each station needs 3 to 4 men who will operate it seven times a week from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. for a production capacity of 800 gallons, to be sold at P15 per gallon, the release also said.
While the city paid for the construction of the water refilling stations at P1,047,200 each, it is the barangays that will operate and maintain them.*