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Philippines' ram pump conquers BBC World Challenge 2010

Negros Occidental (4 December) -- The only way is up.

Such is the title of the project fielded by the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Incorporated (AIDFI) as part of the BBC World Challenge 2010.

AIDFI is a non-government organization based in Bacolod City which develops, manufactures and has perfected the hydraulic ram pump technology with its self-reliant Technical Department having 14 well trained technicians. The foundation has already installed 170 complete systems in the Philippines.

The first water from the ram pump installed by AIDFI in Afghanistan

This does not count actual installations in Afghanistan, Japan and Cambodia. The foundation has also sent ram pumps in Holland, France, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Peru, Malaysia, Nepal and USA.

To date, it is estimated that 50,000 people are benefitting from the free-flowing water pumped by the technology. Communities with limited access to water sources are now spared from long walks or dangerous trips just to fetch water. Some don't have to pay anymore for water to be delivered.

In these villages, water from the ram pumps serves variety of purpose from the most essential need for a drinking water to irrigation water for farming. But aside from this, the technology works on a renewable source, without the need of a machine, electricity or fuel, just straight from the source.

From a competition of 60 entries, the BBC World Challenge trimmed it down to 12 before finally coming up with the top three entries where the AIDFI's ram pump technology bagged the first place.

In what Auke Idzenga, CEO of the AIDFI described as tsunami votes, the Filipinos have once again made another Efren Peņaflorida in the AIDFI's ram pump technology through the online votes.

In a text message sent to PIA, AID Foundation thanked the agency as well as the other media and its supporters for making AIDFI land the number one spot for the BBC World Challenge 2010.

This Philippine bet bested Peru and Guatemala in the world challenge which is now on its sixth year.

The BBC World Challenge is a global competition aimed at finding projects or small businesses from around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at a grassroots level. World Challenge is initiated by BBC World News and Newsweek, in association with Shell and is about championing and rewarding projects and businesses which really make a difference. (PIA/EAD) [top]

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