Orani folk get P1-m modern water source

Monday / September 10, 2012


Orani, Bataan – An investor inside the Clark Freeport in Pampanga has donated a modern water source with purifier costing more than P1 million pesos to upland village here, which had been deprived of clean drinking water for decades.


Dennis Wright, CEO and President of Peregrine Knowledge Management Company, donated the water source to Barangay Tala here. Peregrine is the developer of the Global Gateway Logistics City in Clark.


“I learned about the flooding and called [BCDA] Chairman [Felicito Payumo] and I asked him if there was a need in Bataan and he said yes. And that was how the water source came about to be deployed here”, Wright said.


The water source was turned over to the parish church in Tala.


Payumo, a native of Dinalupihan town, was also three-term congressman of Bataan’s 1st District, which includes this town.


Parish Priest Alex Indino said the residents in this upland village nee to ride a tricycle and buy potable water in the lowland district.


“It was very difficult for residents of Tala particularly the poor to get drinking water,” Indino lamented.


“All the resident of Tala are very grateful to the source of potable water given tous,” said Emily Fabian, of the residents of Tala.


Payumo returned on Sunday to the portion of Bataan National Park in Tala here, where a landslide occurred during the relentless occurred during the relentless monsoon rains.


The landslide damaged the pipes that bring the water used for the chores of the residents of the barangay.


Payumo said the water source can provide 290 gallons of drinking water a day. He said the water source can serve 5,000 families of Tala and nearby Barangay Pag-asa.


The BCDA Chairman when he was a Congressman initiated the infrastructure development particularly the road concreting of Tala.


An active advocate of environmental protection, Payumo has been initiating efforts to protect and conserve the Bataan National Part that covers Mt. Natib and mountain areas of Orani, Hermosa, Dinalupihan and Morong.


Tala sits at the foot of Mt. Natib.


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