DAR-backed rural waterworks and sanitation group mulls expansion
Vira Vira Rural Waterworks and Sanitation Association, Incorporated (RWSAI), a group formed with the help of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR), is now looking into the possibility of expanding its area of operations in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte.
Jojo V. Constantino, general manager of Vira Vira, said they are presently supplying potable water in Barangays Subec, Saguigui, Baduang, Burayoc and Saud.
“We would like also to extend our services to Barangays Caparispisan and Poblacion Dos,” said Constantino.
Vira Vira was established in late 1980s through the assistance of the DAR and the water and sanitation program of the World Bank.
The Pagudpud municipal government and barangay residents also gave their equity for the startup operations of the water system.
Alex L. Malapit, chairman of the board of directors of Vira Vira RWSAI, said before Vira Vira came, they relied on barangay water system.
Today, Vira Vira is serving more than 6,000 residents of its area of coverage. At only P62 per month, a household is supplied with affordable and safe water from the Vira Vira Spring in Saguigui.
In return for the support of the community, Vira Vira is giving cash mutual aid, senior citizen’s discount and free water supply to public schools, barangays halls, day care centers and cemeteries.