Catigbian under Mayor Elizabeth Mandin has secured support from the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) for reliable water supply in at least six more barangays at P30 million project cost.

But the long-needed waterworks development is also not without the able facilitation of Cooperative Development Authority (CDA) Administrator Benjie Oliva.

Oliva has become a dependable Catigbianon link to the national agencies in getting socio-economic and development assistance.

Mandin and Oliva met with DPWH Asec. Antonio Molano, Jr., Engr. Joy Untalan who heads the Legislative Liaison Office, and technical people from the Water System Division at the DPWH Central Office last week.

The agency positively responded to the request of the mayor for support to construct the 30 million Cang-iras-Maitum, Liboron-Triple Union-Mantacida-Causwagan Norte Waterworks System.

The meeting was attended, too, by town Kag. Oliver Oliva, who chairs the Committee on Infrastructure of the Sangguniang Bayan (SB). He is a brother of the CDA administrator.

In addition, the DPWH will assist the farm-to-market road and school building projects of the municipality through allocations in the 2020 national budget.


The local government unit earlier got strong commitment from the Philippine Coconut Authority (PCA) for Catigbian’s—and reputedly Bohol’s first—village-based coconut processing and enterprise center.

The program will focus on coconut sugar production.

Efforts keep gaining since the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) will likewise aid the project via trainings, access to capitalization through its Small Business Corporation (SB Corp.), product development and marketing.

The SB Corp. is the financing arm of the DTI that has partnered with at least 290 microfinancing institutions and/or cooperatives across the country.

It has the primary responsibility of implementing comprehensive policies and program to assist micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in all areas, including but not limited to finance and information services, training and marketing.

The DTI committed support resulting from the meeting also last week between the Catigbianon officials and Sec. Ramon Lopez. (Ven rebo Arigo)