ILOILO – The provincial government is slated to release the first 100 units of jetmatic pumps by next week after the final validation of beneficiaries, according to Engr. Rene Margarico of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project.
“The supplier has so far delivered to us 100 units of jetmatic pumps and we will release these by next week,” confirmed Margarico after his meeting with Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. and Provincial Administrator Raul Banias on Monday.
Top Most, the supplier, is also expected to deliver the remaining 270 jetmatic pumps within the week.
The 370 jetmatic pumps worth P1.95-million were purchased earlier this year to help provide safe and potable water in villages severely affected by El Niño.
Defensor also ordered to purchase additional 940 units of jetmatic pumps using the P5-million budget from Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Trust Fund.
A total of 1,151 farmers from 13 drought-stricken municipalities have requested to avail of the jetmatic pumps.
Of the number, only 875 were validated and qualified to avail of the assistance based on the assessment of their respective municipal agriculturists.
These farmers were from the towns of Sta. Barbara, Pototan, Leon, San Joaquin, Mina, Dueñas, Zarraga, San Miguel, Cabatuan, Calinog, Dumangas, Balasan and Lemery.