In­tel­li­care, PBSP turn over wa­ter sys­tem in Negros Occ

Cebu Daily News - - COMMUNITY - /PR

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.

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