BORONGAN CITY-Potable water is now within reach for an ELCAC-focused barangay in Upper San Andres, this city.
Around 55 families in the said village are now enjoying the potable water system project of the city government.

San Andres village chairman Adan Carpina proposed the project during the Serbisyo Caravan in March 2021 brought about by EO Number 70 or the creation of the Task Force End Local Communist Armed Conflict (TF-ELCAC).

As the regional, provincial, and city officials went to the distant barangay, Mayor Jose Ivan Dayan Agda sought the immediate needs of the residents.

He then learned that the barangay folks would trek a kilometer or so to fetch water. Immediately, Agda shelled out P2 million for the project.

At present, nine tap stands are erected in strategic places in the barangay and the rural folks can now enjoy an unlimited supply of freshwater.

Analiza Fabula, a barangay councilor, said that ever since she can remember, they would hike a kilometer or so to get water, but now, they can enjoy the water supply any time of the day just a few steps away.

Gilamae Amboy, a halo-halo stall owner, said that the tap stand near her stall is a big help to her washing needs as she expressed her gratitude to the local government for the project.

Alden Balena, a village councilor, said that the project is so meaningful to them as water is a basic need.
He is also very grateful to Mayor Agda for the project.

The NTF ELCAC employs uniformed men to undergo the Retooled Community Service Program (RCSP).
The RCSP is a convergence mechanism for LGUs particularly in the barangay for the identification of issues and needed government interventions. (nbq/PIA E. Samar)