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Partners turn over Agos Ram Pump Project to Nueva Vizcaya upland community
By Lauren Hengtgen

After nine months of construction, a ram pump now supplies water to the upland communities of Lower Poblacion, Kasibu, in Nueva Vizcaya. This project was made possible through the joint effort of the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM), Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation Inc. (AIDFI), Earth Day Network Philippines, Inc. (EDNPI), Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. (CCFPI), and the Municipality of Kasibu, Nueva Vizcaya.

The management of the completed ram pump was turned over to the Kasibu Water Association last 17 June 2014 in a ceremony attended by the Barangay Captain of Barangay Poblacion, Kasibu, Ms. Teresa Hufalar; the Mayor of Kasibu, Hon. Alberto Bumolo; PRRM president, Mr. Isagani R. Serrano; PRRM Nueva Vizcaya Chapter President, Mr. Ronald Allan Barnacha; EDNPI Project Manager, Ms. Bella Clemente; EDNPI Executive Director, Mr. Ryan Vita; CCFPI President, Ms. Ma. Cecilia L. Alcantara; CCFPI Project Manager, Ms. Monina Pacheco; and members of the Kasibu Water Association along with other residents of the community.

AIDFI, which is committed to developing technologies and programs that can be sustained by communities around the world, shared the ramp pump technology. Rather than using electricity or fuel, the pumps tap the energy of a local water source such as a stream or river. The flow of the water through the pump transports a portion of that water to a large reservoir tank located at a higher elevation. From there, the water is piped to households in the community, communal faucets, and farming areas. The technology is excellent for upland communities because it brings the water to the people instead of the people fetching water from long distances.

The CCFPI partnered with AIDFI and EDNPI in 2011 and launched the Agos Hydraulic Ram Pump Project as part of Coca-Cola’s corporate citizenship commitment in the Philippines. In celebration of its 100 years in the Philippines, the CCFPI set a goal of building 100 ram pumps throughout the country with Kasibu being one of the chosen sites. PRRM linked EDNPI, CCFPI, and AIDFI with the Kasibu community and assisted in the application for the funding of the ram pump.

Thanks to the hard work of all the people involved, 65 households in Kasibu will now have easy access to fresh water. Each day there are 47,000 liters of water pumped to the reservoir tank, and the tank can hold 50,000 liters. To ensure sustainability of the project, a member of the Kasibu community was trained to be the pump technician and will be in charge of daily maintenance. Additionally, the Kasibu Water Association accepted the turn-over of the project and will now be the organization responsible for the ram pump.

Observing the water source of the ram pump

Observing the water source of the ram pump

Opening of a communal faucet supplied with water by the ram pump

Opening of a communal faucet supplied with water by the ram pump

Representatives of EDNPI, CCFPI, and PRRM, with Kasibu Mayor

Representatives of EDNPI, CCFPI, and PRRM, with Kasibu Mayor (third from right)

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