Pep Talk by Dante Corteza
Water for quality way of living at Lumayang and Lumbangan PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 25 October 2010 00:00

Thanks to the water alliance between Rotary International and the United States for International Development (USAID) to provide Filipinos prime access to safe water and sanitation services last December 2009, the people of barangays Lumayang and Lumbangan will now have an access to clean and potable water.

This humanitarian project was implemented through the combined efforts of the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City-West and the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) as the implementing agency. They proposed the construction of the Lumayang-Lumbanga Water System (LLWS) which was approved and preceded unabated.

And last October 8, the LLWS, costing around 21 million, was inaugurated.  This is the first and biggest funded project under the International H2O funded under the collaboration of the Rotary Foundation and the USAID in the Philippines.

Special guests of honor during the inauguration were US Charge’ de Affaires Leslie A. Basset and Rotary Past District Governor Lina Aurelio of the Philippine Rotary Water Resources Council. Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat was ably represented by Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Ituralde.

The ZCWD management were led by its general manager Leonardo Vasquez and  assistant general manager Alejo Rojas. The ZCWD Board of Directors was spearheaded by Chairman Edwin Makasiar. ZCWD did not only provide logistic support before and during the inauguration of the water system but also provided contingency funds for shortfall in project construction and installation resources.

A ceremonial opening of the hydrant was held right after the water system was blessed by Rev. Fr. Louino Alejandro, parish priest of Labuan. DCM Basset also handed out handwashing kits to (10) selected children of the two barangays after personnel from the City Health Office demonstrated proper washing of hands.  Personnel from the Philippine Water Revolving Fund (PWRF) also distributed around 200 hand-washing kits to schoolchildren after the program. This is part of the project’s soft component, which advocates for proper hygiene and sanitation among household members especially among children who are vulnerable to water-borne diseases.

An orientation on new water service connections was conducted by the ZCWD Orientation Committee as the culminating activity for the day.

Despite the downpour, the half-day activity was well supported by residents of Lumayang and Lumbangan led by Punong Barangays Frederick Atilano of Lumayang and Rogelio Arcillas of Lumbangan, as well as, the Barangay Councils of both barangays, the Lumbangan Elementary School Officials, teachers and students and the Southern City Colleges Drum & Lyre Band who performed welcome hymns for the guests.

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“To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life – this is indeed a gift from God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19  Water for quality way of living at Lumayang and Lumbangan

Thanks to the water alliance between Rotary International and the United States for International Development (USAID) to provide Filipinos prime access to safe water and sanitation services last December 2009, the people of barangays Lumayang and Lumbangan will now have an access to clean and potable water.

This humanitarian project was implemented through the combined efforts of the Rotary Club of Zamboanga City-West and the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) as the implementing agency. They proposed the construction of the Lumayang-Lumbanga Water System (LLWS) which was approved and preceded unabated.

And last October 8, the LLWS, costing around 21 million, was inaugurated.  This is the first and biggest funded project under the International H2O funded under the collaboration of the Rotary Foundation and the USAID in the Philippines.

Special guests of honor during the inauguration were US Charge’ de Affaires Leslie A. Basset and Rotary Past District Governor Lina Aurelio of the Philippine Rotary Water Resources Council. Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat was ably represented by Zamboanga City Vice Mayor Cesar Ituralde.

The ZCWD management were led by its general manager Leonardo Vasquez and  assistant general manager Alejo Rojas. The ZCWD Board of Directors was spearheaded by Chairman Edwin Makasiar. ZCWD did not only provide logistic support before and during the inauguration of the water system but also provided contingency funds for shortfall in project construction and installation resources.

A ceremonial opening of the hydrant was held right after the water system was blessed by Rev. Fr. Louino Alejandro, parish priest of Labuan. DCM Basset also handed out handwashing kits to (10) selected children of the two barangays after personnel from the City Health Office demonstrated proper washing of hands.  Personnel from the Philippine Water Revolving Fund (PWRF) also distributed around 200 hand-washing kits to schoolchildren after the program. This is part of the project’s soft component, which advocates for proper hygiene and sanitation among household members especially among children who are vulnerable to water-borne diseases.

An orientation on new water service connections was conducted by the ZCWD Orientation Committee as the culminating activity for the day.

Despite the downpour, the half-day activity was well supported by residents of Lumayang and Lumbangan led by Punong Barangays Frederick Atilano of Lumayang and Rogelio Arcillas of Lumbangan, as well as, the Barangay Councils of both barangays, the Lumbangan Elementary School Officials, teachers and students and the Southern City Colleges Drum & Lyre Band who performed welcome hymns for the guests.

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“To enjoy your work and accept your lot in life – this is indeed a
gift from God.” Ecclesiastes 5:19

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