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Ram pump waters barangay Bintangan

Siquijor (19 February) -- There's something new in barangay Bintangan of Larena, Siquijor that beckons: a modern technology that has the ability to give a dramatic impact on many dwellers' lives by proving one of life's necessities: water.

Recently a blessing of a ram pump project was held in the barangay attended by the local officials headed by Mayor Gold L. Calibo, members of the Rotary Club of Siquijor Island and the barrio folks. (see how a ram pump works on p. 7)

The newly completed 100 meter-high water system was made possible through the efforts of the local government with the support of existing organizations who have been at the core of civic actions such as the Rotary Club of Siquijor Island. Rotary Club of Reno Nevada USA. Rotary Club of Dumaguete East, World Community Service (WCS-Japan), and the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc., through their respective financial and technical assistance.

The project was materialized through their combined commitment of elevating the living standard of the poorest of the poor in the province by giving basic amenities of its rural mountain dwellers.

By utilizing ram pump technology, many beneficial aspects come in to the community such as: 1) Human health - giving the community a potable water supply, thus, reducing water-borne diseases; 1) Livelihood - excess water can be used for irrigation of farmland and other income- generating activities; 3) Alleviation of poverty - allowing communities to increase 'working time' instead of focusing on basic daily needs; 4) environment - transporting water without using fossil fuels, decreasing overall gasoline consumption; 5) Food security - upland reforestation projects decrease erosion, protecting diversity of land and marine life.

During the program. Barangay Captain Annie Ogao-Ogao expressed her heartfelt thanks to the backbone organizations for realizing their dream of having an accessible source of potable water.

Mayor Gold Calibo, on the other hand, said that the project is one of a kind here in the province. He said that other barangays might have their lakbay-aral soon for the project because all over the island, there's no other existing project such as this. He also encouraged unity among the barangay folks so progress and improvement will follow.

In his short message, former Mayor of Larena Danny Villa said that the project was drafted during the presidency of Engr. Rito Abapo in the Rotary Club and was continued and implemented in the time of the current president Tony Manigo. He lauded Brgy Capt. Annie Ogao-Ogao for her dedication and sincerity in providing services to her constituents and that he hopes that barangay folks will support every activity of the barangay.

RCSI President Tony Manigo also expressed hopes that everyone in the barangay will take good care of the project because everyone can benefit this gift of nature, stressing its importance to their livelihood activities.

Mayor Calibo inducted the oath taking of the officers of the Bintangan Ram Pump Water Association (BIRAMWA). (PIA Siquijor) [top]

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