AIDFI Hands over Coca-Cola Foundation funded Project to Molobolo in Cauayan, Negros Occidental
Updated: Nov 23
On August 30, the handover ceremony of the gravity water project which was implemented by AIDFI and funded by the Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines (CCFPI), and conveyed to Molobolo Small Farmers Association (MOSFA). The day started with a mass and blessing of the reservoir and ribbon cutting which was followed by the official program.
Hon. Roberto Elimanao, the barangay captain of Molobolo, welcomed all the guests and his constituents and told them about the difficulty faced in the midst of improving the existing water source which was not enough, and the challenges faced in finding the source of water to augment. He thanked CCFPI and AIDFI for the project that will benefit the constituents of Brgy. Molobolo.
After an intermission number by the barangay health workers, messages from the LGU of Cauayan, AIDFI, and CCFPI were given. The LGU of Cauayan represented by SB Member Hon. Sammy Jabagat expressed that water was a vital issue, especially in the Municipality of Cauayan, and that Molobolo is lucky to have a source of water from barangay Laar and the all-out support of the barangay council of Molobolo towards this project. He asked everyone to help because water is very important to our daily lives.
Mr. Auke Idzenga, the Chief Executive Officer of AIDFI, expressed the uniqueness and completeness of the project because although the water is more than 6km away, the project is included in the first batch of water kiosks, and 300 water filters are given to the households beneficiaries and schools. The water is abundant and the idea of expanding to agriculture (vegetables and fish) is a big welcome. Your cooperation is vital to helping improve the association and we should always appreciate the efforts of those who work tirelessly to make the system and association run.
Ms. Cecilia Alcantara, the President of CCFPI, thanked Cauayan and barangay Molobolo for welcoming CCFPI. From the story of the barangay captain, she saw three things that made this project successful: consistency of the people, bayanihan or spirit of voluntarism, and trust in the Lord. She explained that the aim of CCFPI is to bring clean and safe drinking water to waterless communities in the Philippines. Of the 178 projects done with AIDFI, a majority of the projects are in Negros because of the network and the willingness of communities to have a project implemented in their community. CCFPI wants to see the beautiful story of barangay Molobolo prosper further so share it here in the Philippines and globally. The importance of protecting the watershed to ensure water remains abundant.
The official handover ceremony was facilitated by Ms. Cherie Gomez, the Operations Manager of AIDFI, the ceremony recognized the technicians, a ceremonial signing of the Certificate of Conveyance by AIDFI, CCFPI, and MOSFA, this was followed by the ceremonial handover of water filters to MOSFA. The LGU of Cauayan and Barangay Molobolo presented a certificate of acceptance to AIDFI and CCFPI.
The handover ceremony was then followed by the oath-taking of officers led by Hon. Sammy Jabagat. An all-out gratitude and acceptance from the heart was Mr. Eddie Momo's acceptance message thanking everyone involved in the project and helping pave the way for the next phase in the plans of the association.
A closing remark by Hon. Sunny Diopedo, a barangay council member of Molobolo, thanked again CCFPI and AIDFI for the project which was followed by a lunch prepared by the community of Molobolo.
The gravity water system delivers 159,262 liters per day to 1,500 people for their daily drinking and household use but also opportunities for agriculture.