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), the Commission on Filipinos Overseas (CFO) 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) as the main donor.
Barangay 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:
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:
The ensuing work until February 2014 will include the following tasks:
 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.
 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).
 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.
March 8, 2014, Cocoon Boutique Hotel
Quezon City, Philippines