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SOUTH POBLACION, San Fernando, Cebu (September 14, 2015) — A community of 150 families here now enjoys easy access to potable water after a neighboring cement company rehabilitated an old deep well, as the land owner also donated the lot where a new artesian well now stands.
Barangay Captain Dioscoro A. Esbra of South Poblacion, San Fernando, Cebu sought the help of Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Inc. (TCPI) and Solid Earth Development Corp. (SEDC) on behalf of the families at Sitio Luknay.
For 22 years since the deep well they once had stopped drawing out water, Luknay residents had to fetch water for their daily needs some 200 meters away from a source inside TCPI’s hauling parking area.
Access to the site got restricted after the area got enclosed, it was learned.
“We are blessed that Taiheiyo and Solid Earth took no time to help our constituents,” quipped Esbra when TCPI turned over the refreshed facility today, barely four months after SEDC donated the lot where it now stands.
TCPI and SEDC realized the project through their joint Social Development Management Program (SDMP) under the component that supports the community development programs of local government units (LGU).
SDMP manager Mitzie Almira I. Carin and TCPI community relations officer Vanessa N. Bongcawil turned over the new facility with their staff members Efren Labrado and Rolando Manalop.
“We are committed to assist LGUs in their infrastructure development projects and support services, like the improvement of community water sources,” quipped Carin, also assistant division manager for human resources of SEDC.
SEDC donated Lot 1-PSU-07-01-000057 (before 1336), a parcel measuring 25 square meters where there was once an old deep well that was no longer in use, she added.
TCPI rehabilitated the well, installed a new manual lever-type pump and spent for the initial water testing for drinking water, disclosed Bongcawil.
With the support forged in a formal agreement, the South Poblacion Barangay LGU committed to prepare and implement the guidelines for the proper use of the artesian well by the neighboring residents.
“We have taken from here the repair and maintenance of the artesian well, as well as the maintenance of cleanliness of the area and its surroundings,” said Esbra.
The barangay will also take care of subsequent drinking water testing, he added.