Intellicare, PBSP turn over water system in Negros Occ
In barangay Dulao, Bago City, Negros Occidental the search for safe drinking water has finally ended with the turnover of a level-3 potable water system by healthcare provider Intellicare with Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the local city government.
Present in the turnover were employees of Intellicare led by its Assistant Vice President for Corporate Social Responsibility Andrew Jose Yulo, PBSP Executive Director Reynaldo Antonio Laguda, Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo, Bulao Barangay Captain Eliseo Carmona, Sr., and other local government officials.
The project, worth more than P1.7 million, will benefit more than 250 households in puroks Soledad and Salong of the barangay.
“As a health maintenance organization, Intellicare promotes healthy communities by providing safe and clean water. We know that water is a significant aspect in creating healthy communities. This is also part of the company’s advocacy in caring for the environment,” Intellicare’s Yulo said.
For his part, Bago City Mayor Yulo shared that the city will assist the communities in forming an association that will help manage and maintain the potable water system.
“Water is a very important natural resource, and we are fortunate that Bago City is blessed with many underground springs. Our only limitation is the availability of resources needed to distribute water to far-flung communities directly to their homes. This is why we are thankful to Intellicare and PBSP for choosing our community,” he added.
Bago City is one of the cities in the country that has poor access to potable water supply. With natural springs as their water sources, residents of puroks Soledad and Salong could only get water by using a communal jetmatic pump located several kilometers from their homes. A resident needs to fetch at least five containers of water a day to cater to their needs.
The project involves the provision of a 2,000-liter water tank, tap stands, and household distribution lines. Water stored in the tank is suitable for domestic consumption and meets World Health Organization’s drinking water standards.
It also includes training residents on water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH), management and sustainability plan to ensure that the facility is properly maintained. The city government also plans to expand the project to other areas.
“We thank Intellicare and the city and barangay officials for giving us this opportunity to forge partnerships for development. It is always our privilege to help uplift the lives of com- munities in most need of help,” Laguda said.
Since 2015, Intellicare has been supporting barangay Dulao through the conduct of safe motherhood caravans that reached more than 600 women.
The turnover of Bago City’s potable water system is one of the activities that Intellicare, a member-company of PBSP, initiated for this year. Other projects include the holding of its fourth safe motherhood caravan and first supplemental feeding program, which will benefit 200 women and 30 children.
Intellicare, PBSP, and local government officials turned over a level 3 potable water system in Barangay Dulao, Bago City. Leading the turnover were Intellicare Assistant Vice President for CSR Andrew Jose Yulo, PBSP Executive Director Reynaldo Antonio Laguda, and Bago City Mayor Nicholas Yulo.