By Nitz Arancon
AT LEAST 100 families or 500 individuals who were survivors of tropical storm ‘Sendong’ do not have water supply in Oro Habitat Relocation Site in Sitio Cala-anan, Barangay Canito-an, this city.
According to Yoly Ipanag, 34, a resident of Phase 2B of the relocation site, Cagayan de Oro Water District (COWD) cut off their communal water connections around 2 pm, last Friday.
Ipanag added that since then they have to buy their water at the neighboring relocation site for P10 per container.
In an interview, Gloria Valmoria said COWD cut off their communal water connections because the contract between COWD and city hall has already expired.
Valmoria admitted that since 2012 they have been enjoying free water supply because city hall was footing their water bills.
“Na-ay among public faucet dinhi ug didto kami magsag-ob,” Valmoria said.
Valmoria lamented that COWD should have sent them a disconnection notice, at least so they would be forewarned.
“Gikalit man nila ug putol. Wala may notice. Nagsaba unta sila nga ilang putlon ang among communal water connection aron maka-andam sab mi,” Valmoria said.
She said blocks three, four, five, and six of the Oro Habitat Relocation Site were affected with the cut off of water supply.
For her part, COWD spokesperson Ladelle Sagrado said she will look into the incident in Oro Habitat.
She said they have cut free water supplies in Cala-an relocation sites because most residents have applied for individual water connections with COWD.
“Dili man pwede nga forever sab ang city government maoy magbayad sa ilang water consumption. Gi-sultihan na kana sila daan nga ang COWD nagtaod sa sub out ug individual na dayon ang ilang water connections aron sila na mismo ang magbayad sa ilang water bill,” Sagrado explained.