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Budget dep’t releases P1B for poor towns’ water supply

The fund released to the Department of Health (DoH) will be used to install water supply systems or to upgrade and rehabilitate existing ones in 100 municipalities, Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad said in a statement yesterday.

The government has allocated P1.5 billion this year for the Potable Water Supply project of the Health department.

The remaining P500 million will be released later to install water systems in resettlement and relocation sites, as well as maternal and child health centers.

Last January, the DoH, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) inked a memorandum of agreement to implement the administration’s priority water and sanitation program.

The beneficiary communities were chosen based on NAPC’s poverty criteria, DoH’s priority areas for the reduction of waterborne diseases, and DILG’s list of local governments that have received its "seal of good housekeeping" for financial management, budget execution, procurement and resource mobilization.

The Budget department also released P30 million to the DILG to fund complementary capacity development interventions for the beneficiary local governments.

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