CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Bringing the government closer to the people, the city’s Agricultural Productivity Operations Office (APOO) inaugurated the Spring Development Project (SDP) that will boost agricultural productivity in three sitios of Barangay Tignapoloan, February 10.
Aside from aiding farmers in the area, the P1.4 million project will also benefit about 600 households in the area who do not have access to potable water.
APOO Agricultural Engineering Division Chief Mae Anne Timoteo said the reservoir could produce about 210 barrels of water per day (200 liters per barrel). Such could aid farmers in the area in planting banana, vegetables and other crops.
“Sauna pa gyud ning panahon, dugay na silang gaaligutgot sa ilang katubigan dinhi. Actually, layo pa kaayo ang ilang baklayon para makakuha sila sa tubig (Water has been the clamor of the people in the area for a very long time. People need to walk miles just to get water). And as we all know water is a source of life,” CDO Councilor and Committee Chair for Agriculture Jay Pascual said.
The councilor added that establishing an environment-friendly water system is a great help to the community members not only to the farmers as it can benefit household who will need water for their daily activities particularly for drinking, cooking, washing clothes, and bathing.
As for sustainability of the facility, Timoteo said they have already conducted a study on the level of water even during dry season.
“Kadtong recent nga El Niño amo nang gibantayan ang kadaghan sa tubig apil na sab kung ting-ulan para makita kung makalahutay ang tinubdan,” she added.
(We monitored the level of water during the recent El Niño experienced in the area. We also monitored the area during wet season to ensure that the source could sustain through time)
For his part, Clifford Antonio, 29, said as one of the farmers who can benefit from the water system project, they are looking forward to more vegetables to be produced especially now that the pandemic has greatly affected their source of income.
SDP, which is comprised of a concrete storage tank, intake structure, and polyethylene pipes, is an irrigation system that capitalizes on groundwater that flows out from the area’s surface. (RTP/PIA10)