The Provincial Government’s first P1 million water impounding facility will soon rise in Barangay Tolosa, municipality of Malabuyoc, south of Cebu.
Governor Hilario P. Davide III already approved the design of the water basin and it is already due for implementation.
“Ang kulang na lang gyud official nga pagtugot sa mga tag-iya ug yuta nga i-develop ang lugar (What is lacking is the permission of the lot owners to develop the place)into a water impounding facility and at the same time an attraction sa upland area sa Malabuyoc,” said Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office Chief Baltazar Tribunalo Jr.
He stated that they are already negotiating with the lot owners for the road right of way leading to the water basin.
He further said that the barangay captain of Tolosa was already informed about the project. The municipal government will also be notified before the construction of the water basin and highland resort start.
It is the Provincial Engineer’s Office that made the design and will be working on the road opening.
For the construction of the water basin, which covers 150 to 200 square meters of land, it will be implemented in a cash-for-work scheme.
Tribunalo said it is a local attraction where people go for a picnic with their families. There will be cottages in the area, according to its engineering design.
Aside from the Barangay Tolosa impounding water basin and highland resort, other locations were also tagged for similar projects.
The initial list of locations includes the areas of Dumanjug, Balamban, Dalaguete, Argao, and Alcoy.
“Nag-allocate na mig budget ani for the next year fiscal year,” added Tribunalo.
Provincial Agriculturist Dr. Roldan Saragena said four barangays will benefit from the project, which will mitigate the effect of recurring El Niño to the farming sector in the nearby area.
The construction of water basin was conceptualized as one of the long-term solutions to the impact of prolonged dry spell.
Since last summer, the province of Cebu was placed under a state of calamity because of the mild El Niño that swiftly decreased or dried up surface water in the province.