More of Laguna’s poor communities now enjoy affordable potable water

 

Residents of the marginalized communities in Biñan, Laguna, have gained greater access to 24/7 piped water that is affordable and potable, through Laguna Water’s Water for the Community or Tubig Para Sa Barangay Program.

The water operator serving the cities of Biñan, Cabuyao, and Sta. Rosa in the province of Laguna, and Manila Water Foundation, together with the local government of Laguna, recently awarded certificates as proof of the service connections granted to over 130 households in the barangays of Soro-Soro and Malaban in Biñan City.

Biñan City Mayor Len Alonte was thankful to Laguna Water and the Manila Water Foundation for choosing the two barangays under her jurisdiction, to be the first recipients of the foundation’s subsidized water connections.

 

Photo shows the residents of Barangays Soro-Soro and Malaban showing their certificates of subsidized water connections  from Laguna Water and Manila Water Foundation. Also in photo are Laguna Water’s General Manager Melvin Tan, Manila Water Foundation’s Vice President Ferdz Dela Cru and Executive Director Carla Beriña-Kim, Biñan City Mayor Len Alonte and other local government officials of Biñan.

“This is very important to the residents of Soro-Soro and Malaban. Water connection is at P5,690 each and for most of the families here, that is already their monthly income,” said Mayor Alonte.

The mayor also urged the residents to take responsibility over this privilege given to them to improve their quality of life, by paying diligently and by being vigilant on water pilferage.

“We need to work together to ensure that the blessings given to us will not go to waste,” Alonte added.

Laguna Water pioneered the Tubig Para Sa Barangay program in the province of Laguna to replicate the success of its parent company, Manila Water in the East Zone, in addressing the water problems of marginalized communities in the province and ensuring potable water in the barangay beneficiaries.

Today, at least 78,000 people from poor communities or 30 per cent of the water company’s customer base of 254,000, have benefitted from the program.

Laguna Water was formed in 2009 through a public private partnership together with the Provincial Government of Laguna to ensure that there is enough safe, clean and affordable water in Cabuyao, Sta. Rosa, and Biñan, as these cities continue to grow both in terms of population and development.