BONTOC, Mountain Province – Mayor-elect Jerome Tudlong, Jr. vowed to immediately work for the establishment of the much-needed potable water distribution system that will guarantee equitable distribution of water to the residents in the town’s different barangays.
Tudlong, who was voted by the town’s electorate to succeed outgoing Mayor Franklin Odsey by noon of June 30, 2022, disclosed there are already identified sources of potable water for the community but the problem is the absence of a reliable distribution system managed by the municipal government to ensure the stable supply of water for the households and establishments.
He claimed the municipal government will be conducting a series of public hearings to elicit the suggestions and recommendations of the public on how to establish the distribution system so that there will be equitable distribution of potable water among the town’s constituency.
The incoming mayor pointed out that the initial plan is for a metered water distribution system to the households and establishments to be managed by the municipal government to ensure that people will have access to potable water supply, especially that the population of the capital town is rapidly increasing due to migration.
According to him, the next set of municipal officials will practice good governance that ensures transparency and accountability in all the transactions to maximise the limited funds for enhanced delivery of quality basic services and the implementation of high impact development projects beneficial to the welfare of the public.
Tudlong expressed his gratitude to the present batch of municipal officials for their efforts in identifying existing sources of potable water that will allow the incoming set of officials to focus their attention on establishing a reliable distribution system for the residents to have easier access to potable water that will address one of the town’s long time problem of inadequate water supply.
Tudlong stipulated that the municipal government will fully implement this project to address the problem of inadequate water supply considering the significant increase in population in the different barangays and to help in enticing more investors to establish their businesses in the municipality to generate jobs for qualified residents and increase the economic activities and other sources of livelihood of the people.
He assured concerned stakeholders that the implementation of high impact development projects in the municipality will pass through the requisite public hearings to ensure that people can actively participate in matters on how the local government can effectively and efficiently undertake the programmed priority projects, programs and activities that will benefit them.
Bontoc is the capital of Mountain Province is the most developed municipality of the province being the center of education, trade and commerce through the years.