With the aim to improve the quality of life of communities through an improved and sustained community based water system, a ground breaking ceremony for the construction of a Level II water supply system for barangays Bani and Taltal in Masinloc, Zambales was conducted on May 17, 2016.
The Lauis River will serve as the source of the water that will go through sedimentation and filtration treatments. The treated water will be pumped to two separate ferro-cement tanks that will distribute water through gravity to the said communities.
During the program, Cynthia Pantonal, AESPF President, said that an active community participation will pave way for a successful project completion and realization of community sense of project ownership, a very important essence of the project.
Ma. Rosario Lopez, JVOFI Executive Director, reiterated the community’s responsibilities as indicated in the signed project partnership agreement, including the processing of permits required by the National Water Resources Board (NWRD) prior to extraction of water from the source.
Construction of the project will commence immediately and its target completion will be on December this year. It will benefit around 1,800 households once fully operational.
Also present during the program were Don Gray, MPPCL Expansion Project Director; Melisa Therese Sapdoy, JVOFI Program Manager (incoming); Rhoda Fe Buenavista, JVOFI Program Manager (outgoing); Rodel Elamparo, Taltal Punong Barangay; and a representative of Efren E. Edillor, Bani Punong Barangay. Around fifty residents witnessed the event.
The project is funded by the AES Philippine Power Foundation (AESPPF) and will be implemented through its NGO partner, Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation, Inc.// Ivan P. Layag