Apo Agua, DCPO ease Paquibato residents’ water woes

Apo Agua representatives turn over the 1,500 meters of pipes to leaders of Sitio Panaga in Paquibato District led by Barangay Colosas Kagawad Merlinda Bacus, Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative Datu Gilbert Sagoksok, and Revitalized Pulis sa Barangay personnel.

Village residents in Sitio Panaga, Paquibato District, Davao City, now have access to a basic water system installed in their community by Apo Agua Infrastuctura, Inc. (Apo Agua) in partnership with the Davao City Police Office’s Revitalized Pulis sa Barangay (RPSB).

Apo Agua’s recent donation of 1,500 meters of pipes and construction materials to the DCPO in support of its RPSB’s small-scale water solution project in Barangay Colosas will benefit more than 350  households belonging to the Ata-Manobo indigenous peoples community in Sitio Panaga, Brgy. Council Complex and students of the Datu Libayao Elementary School.  

Dubbed “Project Blue,” the small-scale water system aims to alleviate the persistent water inaccessibility problems of more communities that will not directly benefit from the Bulk Water Project. 

It introduces sustainable small-scale water solutions, such as water catchment facilities and water pipelines in host communities, and encourages residents’ engagement as active partners for a viable project.

Water now flows from the newly rehabilitated water reservoir of Sitio Panaga, Paquibato District.

Residents of Barangay Colosas are grateful to Apo Agua and DCPO for addressing water scarcity.

“We are very thankful for Apo Agua’s support for the RPSB programs. This water augmentation for the barangay would not have materialized without their support. The beneficiaries, our IP brothers and sisters, have long yearned for an improved water supply. As they say, water is life and the most basic need in any place,” said PLT. Gary Aldaba, team leader of RBSP Barangay Colosas. 

“Project Blue” is a testament that the Filipinos’ most valued culture of “Bayanihan” is still very much alive – giving a hand to the community and accomplishing goals together as one. 

As it strengthens the spirit of collaboration among local community stakeholders, Apo Agua hopes that these water solutions will bridge the gap in resource allocation and improve teamwork to guarantee that water supply sources will be safeguarded and sustained.

“Our goal is to provide small-scale water solutions in our immediate communities through Project Blue. Our team is equipped with engineers with the right technical expertise in water operations, and we can put our knowledge to use by working closely with the community and ensure these projects are effective and sustainable,” said Anna Lu, President of Apo Agua.

Meanwhile, Aboitiz-led Apo Agua vowed to be a longstanding partner of the Davao City Water District (DCWD) by helping mobilize the Water Truck initiative as an intermediary water solution for Davao City residents awaiting the near completion of the Bulk Water Project. 

The door-to-door water delivery, particularly in areas with intermittent water supply, has served more than 5,000 households in the city’s Second District since June 2022.