LANDBANK donates water filtration units to Usman-hit areas in Albay, Cam Sur

Friday, April 12, 2019

Camarines Sur Provincial Administrator Fortunato Peña and LANDBANK First Vice President Lou Villafranca led the turnover of water filtration kits to Usman-hit areas in Albay and Camarines Sur. They were joined by LANDBANK Tabaco Branch Manager Emmanuel Hizola, Iriga Branch Manager Emmanuel Avengoza, Sipocot Branch Manager Ma. Cristina Jusi, and Pili Branch Manager Marivic Oliva.

 

Over 6,000 residents from Albay and Camarines Sur were given access to clean drinking water through LANDBANK’s Gawad KATUBIGAN (KAakibat na TUlong sa Bayan sa Inumung KailanGAN).

Last March 2019, LANDBANK successfully turned over 60 water filtration units to Bicolanos devastated by Typhoon Usman, a natural disaster that hit the country late last year with Albay and Camarines Sur among those heavily affected.

LANDBANK First Vice President for Southeast Luzon Branches Group Marilou Villafranca also turned over LANDBANK’s donation of Php1,215,000 as financial aid to the provinces of Camarines Sur and Albay. This will benefit 16 cities/municipalities.

 

Gawad KATUBIGAN

The 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. Implemented in partnership with W4W Philippines, Gawad KATUBIGAN is one of the Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility Programs, which started as a small disaster response project in 2015. Its primary objective was to provide water filtration systems to typhoon-hit areas and hard-to-reach communities that need access to clean and safe drinking water.

The Project has since been expanded into a full-blown program with three components: a “Disaster Response Component” through  which water filter systems are provided to calamity-stricken areas;  a “Disaster Preparedness Component” which provides rain catchment systems and disaster preparedness training to communities in disaster-prone areas; and a “Needs-based Component” wherein LANDBANK, upon the endorsement of its branches nationwide, provides rain catchment and filtration systems to far-flung communities with limited or no access to clean drinking water.

Accredited by the Department of Health, the water filtration systems have the ability to remove 99.99% of bacteria that cause water-borne diseases such as cholera, salmonella, E. coli, among others. Each water filtration system, which can filter one million gallons of water, can provide clean drinking water for 100 people a day and can last for five to 10 years, if properly maintained.