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Construction of the Humayingan Elementary School Water Supply System

PROGRESS REPORT
16 JANUARY 2014
Submitted by the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement

Background

The project to construct the water supply system of the Humayingan Elementary School in Lian, Batangas, was facilitated by the communications among the Feed the Hungry, Inc. (FtH)[1], the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO)[2] and the Philippine Rural Reconstruction Movement (PRRM). The on-line discussions, led by Ms. Angelita Sese, FtH Program Director for Infrastructure, began in mid-2013 and resulted in a memorandum of agreement (MOA) among the three organizations to implement the project, with the Philippine Association of Metropolitan Washington Engineers (PAMWE)[3] as the main donor.

Barangay HumayinganBarangay Humayingan is one of the 19 barangays of the municipality of Lian in Batangas province. The town of Lian, with a 2010 population of over 45,000 and a land area of 7,680 hectares, is a producer of sugar cane. The famous Matabungkay beach is also located in the town of Lian.

Prior consultations had been made with the school and the barangay, represented by the Head Teacher, Mr. Randy de Castro, and the barangay chairperson, Hon. Lopito Castillo, respectively. The existing water supply system in the school was rendered inoperable and required repair. To ensure a more durable system that will provide better water supply to the growing population of children in the elementary school, the agreement was to construct a water supply system with submersible pump.

For a cost of over PhP780,000, the FtH, CFO and PRRM agreed to jointly implement the project that will provide a safe water supply system to the school’s children, faculty, and staff.

In the ensuing partnership, the roles were defined as follows:

  • FtH will ensure the availability and transfer of funds to PRRM through CFO for the construction of the water system.
  • CFO will coordinate with both CFO and PRRM to ensure compliance with the memorandum of agreement.
  • PRRM will act as contractor in constructing the water system and providing reports to the CFO.
  • The school and the barangay will provide the necessary support to the construction crew and operate and maintain the quality of the water system after completion.

The Construction Work

Construction of the water supply project was commenced in December 2013, after the first tranche of funds was received from CFO. A construction crew, led by Mr. Crispin Tria, PRRM Area Manager in Bataan and builder of water supply projects, was formed among workers from Bataan province and from the locality of Lian.

As of early January 2014, the progess and accomplishments in the water supply project are as follows:

  • site preparation work
  • boring/drilling of at least 180 feet depth
  • installation of casing pipes for the submersible pump: The three-inch diameter pipes have been installed at 250 feet deep. All 6-inch diameter pipes have been submerged at 180 ft.
  • masonry works for the foundation/base of water tank: Theconcrete base of the water tank is completed. Roofing will be added next.
The plastic water tanks, pipes and concrete hollow blocks are laid near the construction site in the school grounds. Seen at the back is the drilling equipment.

The plastic water tanks, pipes and concrete hollow blocks are laid near the construction site in the school grounds. Seen at the back is the drilling equipment.

The two units of 1,500-liter plastic water tanks will be installed on the concrete base being constructed behind the wall of the school’s stage.

The two units of 1,500-liter plastic water tanks will be installed on the concrete base being constructed behind the wall of the school’s stage.

A crew finishes unloading six-inch diameter steel pipes from a delivery truck as PRRM and CFO representatives look on.

A crew finishes unloading six-inch diameter steel pipes from a delivery truck as PRRM and CFO representatives look on.

Last December 20, 2013, representatives of the PAMWE led by its President, Ms. Hilda L. Gigioli, joined the school, community and PRRM representatives and visited the project site to inspect the construction work. Mr. Tria and his crew were on hand to present the status of work and discuss with the PAMWE engineers the succeeding processes in completing construction and ensuring quality water supply for the school.

Last December 20, 2013, representatives of the PAMWE led by its President, Ms. Hilda L. Gigioli, joined the school, community and PRRM representatives and visited the project site to inspect the construction work. Mr. Tria and his crew were on hand to present the status of work and discuss with the PAMWE engineers the succeeding processes in completing construction and ensuring quality water supply for the school.

Mr. Crispin Tria (second from left), head of the construction crew and PRRM Area Manager in Bataan province, presents the status and next steps of construction work to Ms. Hilda Gigioli (third from left) and other PAMWE representatives.

Mr. Crispin Tria (second from left), head of the construction crew and PRRM Area Manager in Bataan province, presents the status and next steps of construction work to Ms. Hilda Gigioli (third from left) and other PAMWE representatives.

The ensuing work until February 2014 will include the following tasks:

  • deployment/installation of the submersible water pump
  • installation of two units of 1,500-liter plastic water tanks
  • fabrication and installation of steel casing to cover the tank
  • laying out of water distribution pipes from the tank to the classrooms
  • completion of the installation of pipes and fittings from the tank to the classroom.

[1] Feed the Hungry, Inc. volunteers are involved in numerous projects that have assisted over a million program beneficiaries in all of the provinces in the Philippines and Metro Manila. Through partnerships and collaboration with government and non-profit organizations in the Philippines, FtH, with its ever-growing volunteers and donors, continues to play a valuable role in assisting the poorest of the poor, providing resources for a better future for those in dire need and giving hope to the needy.

[2] The CFO implements the Lingkod sa Kapwa Pilipino (LINKAPIL) or Link for Philippine Development Program to harness the potentials of overseas Filipinos as active partners in the development efforts of the country especially in the attainment of its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

[3] PAMWE is a non-profit, non-partisan, professional organization whose primary objectives include establishing and maintaining an employment/placement assistance program, with special concern for the newly-arrived and unemployed Filipino engineers; granting scholarships in the College of Engineering to deserving students; and serving as a hospitality house for engineers and other related professionals who are new to the metro Washington area.

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