Laguna Water integrates local coop in supply chain


Aside from ensuring that there is potable and affordable water for the poor communities in the province of Laguna, Laguna Water also provides livelihood to its beneficiaries by integrating the businesses of local coops in its supply chain.

Just recently, Laguna Water, in collaboration with the Manila Water Foundation, inaugurated its business partnership with Sikap Builders Workers Cooperative, a two-year old enterprise based in Mabuhay Homes, Cabuyao, which was tapped by the water company to provide for its water service re-connection and disconnection needs, starting this April.

The Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay program is a project of Laguna Water and Manila Water Foundation which aims to provide a source of income for local coops by integrating their business to the needs of Laguna Water. Photo shows (third from left) Manila Water Foundation Vice President Ferdinand M. Dela Cruz together with (second from left and extreme left) Manila Water Foundation Executive Director and Laguna Water COO and General Manager Melvin Tan handing over a check worth P100,000 to the members and officers of Sikap Builders Workers Cooperative, to serve as seed capital to run their business and cover the expenses of their daily operations.

Prior to the inauguration, members of the cooperative underwent a series of training facilitated by the foundation to prepare them for the demands of the trade and familiarize them with the quality specifications required by the water company.

“Through the program Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay (KPSB) and together with the Manila Water Foundation, we were able to design a livelihood program which will not only provide financial support, but will also give them a sustainable source of income,” said Melvin Tan, Laguna Water’s Chief Operating Officer and General Manager.

The organizations also provided a hundred thousand peso grant (P100,000) to Sikap Builders as seed capital to run their business and to cover the expenses of their daily operations.

The coop is also one of the company payment outlets in its area, operating through G-cash facility.

“We are thankful to Laguna Water and Manila Water Foundation for the trust and commitment that they have bestowed upon us, despite us being a very young cooperative. Through our new business venture, we hope we can extend their assistance by providing livelihood to other members who could not find work because of the lack of education,” said Carlito Bariring, Sikap Builders Cooperative Chairperson.

Sikap Builders Workers Cooperative is just one of the many local businesses that Laguna Water has been supporting since it started operations in 2009. The water company is one of three subsidiaries of East Zone concessionaire Manila Water, which was formed through a partnership with the Provincial Government  of Laguna to improve the water conditions in the said province.