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P12.8 M needed to rehab Leyte Metro Water

Manila, Philippines – The Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA) said that around P12.8 million is needed for the rehabilitation of the Leyte Metro Water District system supplying the piped potable water needs in Tacloban City and seven other outlying municipalities that was damaged by typhoon “Yolanda” and has only been operating partially since.

This was contained in the latest final damage assessment report of LWUA covering a total of 68 water districts, including one in Palawan (Coron), where estimated total cost of rehabilitation has reached more than P280 million.

LWUA acting Administration Eduardo C. Santos said much of the funds needed in Leyte Metro would be used in the replacement of individual household service connection, numbering 3,000 in all, that were swept away during the devastation of the typhoon.

Part of the funds will also be used in the cleaning of the sources, repair of the damaged power lines, and the rehabilitation of the damaged transmission pipelines.

Santos said the LMWD has restored partial water service operations in Tacloban City and in some parts of the equally hardest-hit towns of Palo, Santa Fe, Pastrana, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dagami, and Tabon-Tabon in Leyte.

Also included in the latest report were the damage assessments for the water districts of Sagay City, Negros Occidental costing P1.22 million; New Lucena (P2.12 million), and San Rafael (P890,000); Buenavista (P3.03 million), and Jordan (P2.47 million) in Guimaras.