MWF brings aid to Luzon quake victims; Gives water to 3,000 families in Pampanga through its Agapay Tubig program
Giving relief to Porac, Pampanga On April 23 to 26, Manila Water Foundation (MWF) brought 5-gallon water bottles to 1,500 families in Porac to bring aid to quake victims who were severely affected and were in much need of clean and potable water for drinking, cooking, and other hygiene-related activities. Under MWF’s Agapay Tubig program, the Foundation headed to the twelve (12) hardest-hit villages that needed immediate relief—Barangays Camias, Diaz, Babo Sacan, Jalung, Babo Pangulo, Pio, Cangatba, Mancatian, Manibaug Libutad, Pulung Santol, Tokwing and Sapang Uwak. Seven hundred (700) Aeta families from severely-affected Brgy. Camias lined-up immediately as soon as they saw the truck unload as water and food were hard to come by. Residents even shouted, “At last, we can drink water!” Meanwhile, ninety-five (95) Aeta families from Brgy. Diaz greatly appreciated the 5-gallon water they received per family as they have transferred to a lower terrain, after the quake hit with no nearby access to potable water. Residents of Brgy. Pio and Brgy. Babo Pangulo also claimed that they cannot drink water from their usual sources as it has become dirty and tasted rusty after the quake hit so they were much relieved of the aid. Brgy. Sapang Uwak, where 98 Aeta families received 5-gallons of water each family, is also an adopted community of MWF, a pilot area for its Integrated WASH (water access, sanitation and hygiene education) program. Reaching out to Floridablanca On April 27, MWF, together with Ayala Foundation, Apl.de.Ap and the Pampanga Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO), reached out to families in Floridablanca which was also badly hit by the quake. Six hundred (600) families from Barangay Nabuclod who have lost their homes and who have no nearby water source, received sleeping mats and 5-gallon water per family. According to resident Gina, getting to a water source—a spring and a groundwater pump—is difficult because it is an hour’s trek and they have no means to boil the water as they have evacuated to the barangay covered court. Gina was doing farm work when the earthquake happened. She recounted how the earth rumbled, and that she is afraid to go back to the field to work, thinking about the possibility that another earthquake will happen. More than a hundred (100) of these families have no homes to go back to.