Bontoc LGU solves problem on water shortage

Bontoc, Mountain Province – The distribution of sufficient and safe potable supply of water will soon be enjoyed by the four central barangays of this capital town.


This, with the ongoing project on the installation of potable water system in Gakhan Creek/ spring in Barangay Talubin going directly to the water reservoir in Pagturao, Poblacion and to be distributed to the households, commercial buildings and institutions in Barangays Bontoc Ili, Poblacion, Caluttit and Samoki. The Gakhan Creek water source can be reached by four to five hours trek from the road going up the mountain.

At present, the Bontoc Municipal Government through the Water Works Unit relies mainly on two springs as its main water source to supply the domestic and commercial needs of the four central barangays. These are the Balabag Water Source located along Bontoc- Talubin Road and Sullong Water Source in Barangay Bontoc Ili. However, the total production of these sources is still insufficient to meet the present water demand of the consumers even in a schedule basis.

Thus, with the additional water source coming from the top mountain of Barangay Talubin, officials in this municipality expressed high hopes that water shortage will no longer be a problem.

According to Engineer III Caesar M. Kalang-ad of the Office of the Municipal Engineer, the funding of the project was sourced out from various government agencies. The first phase of the project was the P10 million downloaded by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) to the Bontoc Municipal Government which was implemented and completed last year.

Considering the terrain and distance of the water source to be connected to an existing pipe in Sitio Gasagas, Talubin, additional fund support is needed. With this, the municipal government was able to work out for a P7-million funding from the Department of Interior and Local Government under its Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) Program.

In their fervent hope that the project will come into fruition, Bontoc Mayor Franklin C. Odsey together with the members of the Sangguniang Bayan lobbied for an additional funding from the Office of the Presidential Adviser on Peace Process (OPAPP) and the DILG. In response, the municipal government was provided with a P10-million budget from the OPAPP while P3-million was given by the DILG.

Accordingly, this project entails a high project cost and longer time of implementation because of the location of the water source. With the length of the pipes, these have to be cut into three pieces and to be connected again when it reached the destination. Workers have to carry six inches in diameter width of pipes passing through the rugged terrain going up the mountain.

Mayor Odsey who trekked for more than eight hours going up the mountain and then going back to the road to personally see the implementation of the project is pleased with the result. He said that once completed, the municipality will be able to meet the demand supply of water in the households, commercial buildings and institutions.

“The additional water source is enough to supply the central barangays in Bontoc. We continue to do this because we want to improve our services to our people and to our visitors considering that our municipality has always been the host to provincial activities, events and gatherings. I want to make sure that the public has an access to one of the important commodities – water,” the mayor remarked.

According to Water Works Superintendent Julius Rhuel F. Malafu, there are 1,500 consumers being supplied with water by the municipal government. Of the total, 1,153 are residential while 347 are commercial.

Each consumer has to pay P1,370.00 for the connection application fee, membership fee, administrative charge and rental for the welding machine. In the ensuing months, a residential consumer has to pay P50.00 monthly while commercial consumer has to pay P120.00 monthly.

Malafu clarified that instances when supply of water becomes inadequate and lesser in volume is during the summer vacation as the water level from the sources go down. He also divulged that illegal tapping of water from the pipe lines by some individuals resulted to the decrease in the quantity of water distributed to the consumers.

In cases where there were no supply of water distributed especially during rainy season, he explained that these were caused by soil erosion destroying the pipelines and/ or clogging of the strainer tank from the main water source.

With this, public's understanding is solicited while the municipal government is doing its best to address the problem on water shortage in the central barangays. // Alpine L. Killa, Bontoc - LGU


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Mt. Province Destinations

Alab Petroglyph

The Alab Petroglyph is a huge rock formation that was inscribed with bows and arrows and is believed to have contained the ancient fertility rites of natives.

Backstrap and Loom weaving Houses ( Samoki Weaving)

This is where one can see an actual weaving by the locals. Tourists can come to this place for a photo-op and a chance to try their hand at weaving. Souvenirs can also be bought at these houses.

Bay-yo Rice Terraces

Bay-yo Rice Terraces are a smallet type of terraces that is spectacular to look at for tourists.

Bomod-ok Falls

Cascading white water and with a forceful might sending sprays of water that even on a hot day gives you an idea of just how freezingly-cold the pool at the bottom of the falls is truly a majestic sight to behold.

Bontoc Village Museum

It features a range of artifacts crafted by the Igorots for domestic purposes, to be used for traditional celebrations or practices. Inside the museum, one could appreciate the distinct richness of the Igorot's way of life.

Mt. Amuyao

The 8th highest peak in the Philippines with an elevation of 2,702 meters above sea level. Its summit provides its climbers a breathtaking panoram of Mountain Province, Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao and Cagayan Valley.

Mt. Clitoris (Tadian)

This is a sacred mountain regardless of its name. Standing proudly and serenely over 3 villages, this conical-shaped land mass is said to be home to some enchanted eels.

Mountain Province Trade Center

A mini-shopping center managed by the Department of Trade and Industry where skillfully crafted indigenous products are sold.

Sagada Hanging Coffins

Having their coffins hangng at the limestone sliffs is an imrtant tribal custom that thee locals have complied with through hundred of years.

Sumaguuing Caves

Two hundred fifty or so steps down a slipery trail, one can reach the Sumaguing Cave. This is one of the Philippines famous spelunking sites, it is a spectacular place to go to for the adventorous soul.