Thursday, 21 May 2009

US, Filipino troops build water system in Patikul, Sulu

Bong Garcia Jr.
Business Mirror

ZAMBOANGA CITY—US and Philippine soldiers have turned over a water-distribution system project worth $30,000 to the Sulu provincial government, a US military official here said.

Lt. Lara Bollinger, Joint Special Operations Task Force-Philippines (JSOTF-P) deputy public-affairs officer, said the project was inaugurated and turned over to Sulu Gov. Abdusakur Tan after its completion.

Bollinger said the construction of the project in barangay Bon-Bon in Patikul town started on March 21 and was completed early this month.

The new water-distribution system will supply potable water not only to the residents of barangay Bon-Bon but also residents of four other nearby barangays, Bollinger explained.

It consists of two 6,000-liter water tanks with approximately 2 kilometers of distribution hose line.

“The water distribution system project is an example of dedication and commitment between AFP [Armed Forces of the Philippines] and US Forces in helping the community,” JSOTF-P chief Col. William Coultrup said.

Governor Tan said he was grateful to the AFP and US soldiers for building the Bon-Bon water system and the other civic construction programs they have accomplished together, like roads and schools.

With the water system in place, residents in the area will have a good source of potable water at their doorsteps for the first time ever, Tan said. He advised residents to put to good use the water- system project.

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