Manila Water Foundation Extends a Helping Hand to Brgy. Nabaoy in Malay, Aklan


Photo shows (from left to right) BIWC Chief Operating Officer Ben Mañosca, Manila Water Foundation Program Manager Arvee Bello, BIWC Customer Service Officer Acs Aldaba, Chairman of Barangay Nabaoy Pablo Claud, Councilors of the Municipality of Malay Rowen Aguirre and Wlibec Gelito, SAMMAKANA Chairman Nolasco Claud, Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla Beriña-Kim, Malay Municipal Administrator Godofredo Sadiasa, and Chairwoman of Barangay Caticlan Juliet Aron during the KPSB turnover ceremony in Barangay Nabaoy.


The Manila Water Foundation, through its Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay (KPSB) program, recently handed over a check amounting to P200,000 to the Samahan ng Maliliit na Magniniyog at Nangangalaga ng Kagubatan ng Nabaoy Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAMMAKANA). Said cooperative became the first beneficiary of the KPSB program outside Metro Manila, and joined 10 other community-based cooperatives which are now established small to medium enterprises. 

According to Carla Beriña-Kim, Executive Director of Manila Water Foundation, the KPSB program intends to help small cooperatives such as SAMMAKANA to operate sustainable businesses, which will also benefit their community. Aside from the seed capital provided, Manila Water Foundation develops the management, business and technical skills of the officials and members of beneficiary cooperatives to ensure the success of their business. 

In partnership with Boracay Island Water Company (BIWC), SAMMAKANA was chosen to be part of Manila Water Foundation’s KPSB program because of the community’s need for important food resources such as coconut, rice, sugar and oil, as well as the cooperative’s dedication to uplift the quality of life in their community. BIWC Chief Operating Officer Ben Mañosca explained that the company recognizes the important role that Barangay Nabaoy in Malay, Aklan plays in its water supply provision to Boracay Island, and thus hopes to take a more active part in helping the community and in protecting the Nabaoy watershed. 

The simple event was graced by Hon. Pablo Claud, Chairman of Barangay Nabaoy, Malay Councilors Wilbec Gelito and Rowen Aguirre, as well as Malay Municipal Administrator Godofredo Sadiasa, among others. Speaking on behalf of the 101 members of the cooperative, SAMMAKANA Chairman Nolasco Claud expressed his heartfelt thanks to Manila Water Foundation and BIWC for providing them a livelihood opportunity and promised to work hard to grow the initial money given to them. 

Moving forward, Manila Water Foundation will continue to look for more cooperatives from Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities that require financial and development assistance. It also hopes that it will be able to encourage more stakeholders to take notice of the unique needs such communities.