DILG, South Korea in talks for US$200-M assistance to waterless LGUs

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is in initial talks with the South Korean government for the granting of US$200-million worth of advanced water treatment and purification equipment to assist local government units (LGUs) with poor-quality water sources.

DILG Secretary Ismael ‘Mike’ D. Sueno said the highly advanced water purifying equipment being offered by the South Korean government to LGUs in the form of soft loans can reportedly purify salt water and even canal water in high volumes.

“If our agreement with South Korea would push through, the said equipment will help communities in far-flung areas where access to clean drinking water remains to be a challenge,” said Sueno.

The South Korean government expressed its willingness to be of assistance to LGUs during a meeting between DILG and Korean officials at the DILG Central Office in Quezon City just recently.

"Although nothing is official yet, we are excited about this and we are in close correspondence with the Korean government to come up with a mutually-beneficial understanding," Sueno said.

He said a technical working group may soon be created to facilitate and discuss the specifications of the equipment and its suitability to the needs of LGUs.

In the same meeting, DILG Assistant Secretary for Plans and Programs Epimaco V. Densing III said the assistance will complement DILG’s efforts in providing waterless LGUs easy access to potable water supply through the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa Lahat (SALINTUBIG) project.