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

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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.

 
Mr. Bean extends help to “Habagat” flood victims

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Mr. Bean, a leading chain of soya bean food & beverage retailer in Singapore with three stores now in the Philippines, recently turned over their cash donation to Jollibee Foundation (JF) as part of their efforts to help victims of the heavy monsoon floods that hit Luzon in August 2012. Proceeds of the donation were used to purchase school supplies that were distributed to elementary students of public schools that are JF’s Busog, Lusog, Talino (BLT) School Feeding Program partners in Bataan and Cavite, severely hit by the calamity. Photo shows Mr. Bean Managing Director Kang Puay Seng (third from left), turning over their donation to Jollibee Foundation President Grace Tan Caktiong. Also in photo are Mr. Bean Franchise Support Managers Wilfred Kong and Ashlyn Kuah, JF Vice President Belen Rillo and JF Executive Director Gisela Tiongson.

 
Manila Water Foundation celebrates partnerships for the BOP

In a move to thank its partners and donors for supporting its advocacy for Base of the Pyramid (BOP) communities, Manila Water Foundation recently held an event with the theme “Celebrating Partnerships”. Said event showcased Manila Water Foundation’s journey since it started in 2005, as well as its plans moving forward which are focused on water supply and sanitation, water and environmental education, and community assistance and livelihood.

Manila Water Foundation Executive Director Carla May Beriña-Kim explained that while Manila Water Company pursues social and environmental initiatives in its east concession area in Metro Manila, Manila Water Foundation helps uplifts the lives of BOP communities outside the urban areas of the metro which do not have access to clean drinking water and suffer from poor health and sanitation conditions.

For the past few years, Manila Water Foundation has already provided safe-to-drink water supply to nearly 1,600 families from BOP communities and has empowered 11 community-based cooperatives to become competitive social enterprises and business partners. These programs, along with Manila Water Foundation’s other community assistance programs, have reached out to more than 3,000 BOP households.

Manila Water Foundation President Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr. hopes to achieve more in the coming years. He envisions the Foundation to take a leadership role in providing access to water and proper sanitation for Base of the Pyramid communities. Through Manila Water Foundation, he is confident that the Philippines will no longer be a country that is lacking basic services such as clean, drinking water.

To be able to carry out more programs for its target beneficiaries, Manila Water Foundation encourages other organizations and businesses to focus their attention to the special needs of poor families in hard-to-reach areas and to enable positive changes in the quality of life of Base of the Pyramid communities.

 
Manila Water Foundation presents the Christmas Tag Project
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