LANDBANK donates water filtration systems to Ormoc barangays

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Present during the turnover of water filtration kits were Ormoc City Councilor Gregorio Yrastorza III, LANDBANK East Visayas Group Head Vice President Delma Bandiola, LANDBANK Ormoc Branch Manager Marol Reposar, and Waves for Water Country Director Carlo Delantar. 

Residents from four barangays in Ormoc City were given access to clean drinking water through LANDBANK’s Gawad KATUBIGAN (KAkibat na TUlong sa Bayan sa Inumung KailanGAN) program.  

The Bank turned over 60 water filtration systems to community leaders and health workers in the Barangays of Lake Danao, Gaas, Milagros, and Kabaunan, which were among those badly hit by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that jolted Ormoc City on July 10, 2017. The Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology said the tremor was an aftershock from the 6.5-magnitude earthquake which hit Jaro, Leyte a few days earlier.

Gawad KATUBIGAN

Implemented in partnership with US-based non-government organization Waves for Water (W4W), Gawad KATUBIGAN is a Corporate Social Responsibility program of LANDBANK through which it provides water filtration systems to disaster-stricken and disaster-prone communities or those with limited access to clean drinking water.

“Gawad KATUBIGAN is the Bank’s way to reach out to more Filipinos in remote areas who do not have access or have limited access to potable water,” shared LANDBANK East Visayas Group Head/Vice President Delma Bandiola who led the turnover of the water filtration kits, adding that “Extending the water filtration [system] to residents of these barangays in Ormoc—majority of whom are still staying in evacuation sites after the earthquake— is a big help to ensure that they are spared from water-related disease.”

Apart from the four barangays, LANDBANK also provided water filtration systems to the remote Barangay of Liberty, also in Leyte, which has limited access to potable water. The turnover of filtration systems to the barangay was in coordination with the Bangon Mini Farm Program of the LANDBANK Countryside Development Foundation Inc.

The program provides access to clean drinking water in disaster-hit communities under its Disaster Response Component; and remote areas that need access to clean and potable water under its Basic Needs Component.

Knowledge transfer, replication

Accredited by the Department of Health, the water filters can remove 99.9% of bacteria that cause water-borne diseases such as cholera, salmonella, and E. coli, among others. Each filtration system can filter one million gallons of water and provide clean drinking water for 100 people a day. The filters can last for five to 10 years, if properly maintained.

Aside from the turnover of water filtration kits, the program rollout also includes knowledge transfer on how to use and maintain the water filtration systems. Through this, the program can be replicated in other communities that may have need for access to clean water. The program hopes to empower community leaders as overseers of the filtration systems that are vital especially in times of calamities.

“I just hope that they put value on what we shared, maintain the water filters, and share it among themselves to develop a more self-reliant community”, added Bandiola.   

As of December 2017, LANDBANK has distributed a total of 956 filtration systems, which can benefit up to 95,600 individuals from 48 municipalities/cities across the country. In 2016, Gawad KATUBIGAN has won for LANDBANK the “Most Socially Responsible Bank” award from London-based International Finance Magazine.