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Clean drinking water comes to Sitio Pidpid Aeta community

After years of relying on rainfall and dug-up puddles as sources of drinking water, a safe and reliable supply of clean, potable water came at last recently to the Aeta community in Sitio Pidpid, Bgy. Sapang Uwak, Porac, Pampanga.

Thanks to the cooperative efforts of Kkottongnae University (KU) of Korea and Holy Angel University (HAU), a manually-operated deep well, four toilets, and two shower rooms were constructed at the uplandAeta village through a financial grant under the Academic Partnership Program of the Korea International Cooperation Agency.

The facilities were formally turned over to about 80 Sitio Pidipid Aeta families on February 2, 2017 during a blessing and inauguration ceremony graced by Pampanga Governor Lilia Pineda and former Philippine President and Pampanga Second District Representative Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo.

Days before the turnover of the facilities, KU and HAU conducted a series of health and hygiene education and training sessions with the village residents on such topics as personal hygiene, breastfeeding, nutrition, women’s reproductive health and community sanitation. The residents were also oriented on the proper use and maintenance of the facilities.

In support of the health and hygiene education program in the village, the two universities also donated various personal hygiene supplies and household cleaning materials to the residents.

The deepwell and sanitary facilities are expected to raise the health and hygiene levels at the village which only two months ago suffered the death of a one-year old infant due to illnesses brought about by the consumption of unclean water.

The formal turnover was also witnessed by Porac-Vice Mayor Dexter Albert A. David, Porac municipality officials and heads of offices, and administrators, faculty members and students from KU and HAU.

Dr. Eun Mi-Yang, Dean of Planning and Director of Catholic Global Education of KU, thanked all those who contributed to the completion of the projectwhich is a part of the two-year joint academic undertaking by KU and HAU that aims to strengthen higher education capacity in community nursing education, improve capability in disaster response education, and invigorate higher education contribution to community and countryside development.

KU is the foremost university specializing in Social Welfare in Korea. It was founded by Korean Catholic priest Fr. John Oh who received the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service in 1996.

Date Posted: 02-08-2017