The ugly truth about a country that is surrounded by water is that there are still places where it is not accessible.
For generations, upland communities have lived lives that required them to wake up early to draw water from distant sources. This is a bitter reality where children would spend more time drawing water for survival than playing outdoors.
With these, Coca-Cola Philippines installed 13 hydraulic ram pumps this September and October through its Agos Program. In partnership with the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI), Coca-Cola Philippines has been bringing the ram pump technology to various upland communities who do not have access to water.
“We believe that water is an integral resource in ensuring the sustainability of communities. Through the ram pump’s simple and sustainable mechanism, we are able to bring water to people who need it most. More than the water, it is giving these communities a fresh start, an opportunity to create a more sustainable future,” Diego Granizo, President and General Manager of Coca-Cola Philippines, said.
The ram pump technology allows the elevation of water from a remote source to upland areas without the need for complex machinery and electricity. The pump used in the Coca-Cola Agos Project relies on gravity-assisted hydraulic force to propel water into reservoirs, which brings water to near clustered households.
In 2015 alone, 1,984 million liters of water have been returned to nature and communities through the project’s water ram pump installations.
In the last two months, the villages of Ebag in Barugo, Templanza and Luwan in Matalom, all in Leyte, together with the villages of Libtong, Villa Caneja, Cabunga-an, Caray-Caray, and sitios Puro, Mocal Bocal, and Baras, and the village proper of Barangay Catmon in Naval, Biliran have received the Coca-Cola Agos ram pumps.
Completing the list of recipients are Sitio Sadsadan in Barangay Balbalan, Sitio Bullalayao in Barangay Pantikian, both in Kalinga Province, and two areas in Barangay Camias, including Sitio Pasbul and Barangay Inararo in Porac, Pampanga.
There are already 30,817 households that have benefited from 129 water pump installations made by the Coca-Cola Agos Project, 118 of which are ram pumps, while the 11 are gravity installations.
Ciara Alarcon / Writer
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