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San Jose City unveils 47th ‘Powas’ project

SAN JOSE CITY – The city’s 47th Potable Water System (POWAS) project was formally inaugurated here on Wednesday.

Dubbed “Habi-POWAS-Phase 2,” it was unveiled in Sitio Upper Habitat in Bgy. Sto. Niño 3rd during simple ceremonies led by City Mayor Mario “Kokoy” Salvador at 8 a.m. here.

Assisting Salvador during the ceremonial drinking of water from the POWAS’ main faucet line were members of the city council led by Vice Mayor Glenda Macadangdang and city councilors Patrixie Salvador, Susan Corpuz, Wilfredo Munsayac, Roy Andres, and Wilfredo Nuñez. Also present were barangay captain Wilfredo Escudero and members of the board of trustees of Habi-POWAS and other barangay officials.

Ang proyektong ito ay isinagawa hindi lamang upang magkaroon ng tubig sa komunidad ang ating mamamayan kundi upang magkaroon din sila ng mapagkukunan ng karagdagang kita at hanapbuhay. Sa pamamagitan ng pagkakaisa at pagtutulungan na mapatakbo ito nang maayos, makapagdudulot ang POWAS ng dagdag na kita o income sa komunidad,” said the mayor.

City architect Quirino F. Delos Santos, vice chairperson of Task Force POWAS, said more than 219 household-members in Sitio Upper Habitat stand to benefit from Salvador’s pet project which was started way back in 2017, targeting the rural areas that are presently not accessible by the water district’s distribution system.

He said its project cost reached P2.7 million, including the acquisition of 50 water meters while its funds were sourced from the city’s 20 percent development fund for 2021.

Records showed that Habi-POWAS-Phase 2 was the 47th POWAS project that was formally unveiled by the Salvador administration.

It was also the second of such project to be put up in Sitio Habitat and the seventh in the entire barangay Sto. Niño 3rd.

As of the latest counting, Architect Delos Santos said at least 70 POWAS have been constructed under Salvador’s administration and other projects which have yet to be formally opened will be inaugurated soon.