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PSA identifies 10 poorest towns

VICE Governor Rene L. Relampagos said that the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has identified ten municipalities in Bohol, nine of them from the 2nd District as the poorest Local Government Units (LGUs).

Relampagos said this was confirmed by Bohol Provincial Planning and Development Officer John Vistal.

“Pinakapobre ug pinakalisod nga kahimtang sa katawhan sa siyam ka lungsod sa Bohol second district, based on the census and data available at PSA which detailed the poverty incident level among families,” Relampagos said.

He said the basis for the census and survey is the income of every family of the residents of Bohol’s 2nd district.

“And it is also very clear that if you roam around remote areas in the barangays and towns in the Second District, you can see the economically suffering people, the lack of water services,” Relampagos said.

He said that for the first time, Bohol Provincial Governor Arthur Yap released P100,000 pesos to each of the 1,109 barangays as “waterworks supply project and at P1 million each to all Bohol municipalities to improve their existing water supply system.

He said that under the 2021 budget, the Bohol Provincial Government under Yap and him has allocated a P1 billion fund for the towns’ existing waterworks systems.

He said that while the municipalities in Bohol especially the 2nd District have water systems, services were awful and no water distribution round-the-clock.

“The water from faucets is terrible; the color is like that of a chocolate, which compromised the health of the people. The water distribution is very limited. This is the reason why Governor Yap wants to improve it and is being supported by the Sanguniang Panlalawigan,” Relampagos said.

He added that Yap is also improving the water services in several islands and islets in the second district of Bohol, grouping them into clusters and installing desalination plants to provide clean and potable water.

“There are about six desalination plants that are strategically installed in several islets in several Bohol towns,” Relampagos said.

“There is already the detailed engineering study, followed by bidding activities. Hopefully before the year ends, they can add five or six more desalination plants.” ELIAS O. BAQUERO