- Posted June 26, 2014 by
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Students, teachers, no longer dependent on collected rainwater
Buboy Nilo, a Grade Four student, limps while he walks as he tries to carry a heavy bucket full of rainwater to a place near the school canteen. He and his fellow students will use this pail of rainwater to wash their hands in time for their lunch break.
It is a fact that most public schools in the Philippines especially in some provinces do not have the best facilities. Classrooms are not enough, chairs and desks are not in the best conditions, books are sparse and even the school buildings themselves are old and rundown.
For some schools, water supply is also a problem. In Malicboy East Elementary School located in Pagbilao, Quezon, students and teachers, for the longest time, depended on collected rainwater as their main water source which is unsanitary and dangerous to the health of those who use it.
TeaM Energy Corporation, as part of its Significant Social Contribution program, implemented the Safe Water for Schools Project where it granted a complete safe water system to the Malicboy East Elementary School. The water system includes a mechanical motor pump and a stainless steel water tank.
Another school in Pagbilao, Quezon, Malicboy West Elementary School also received a complete safe water system from TeaM Energy. This includes a mechanical motor pump with safe house, a stainless steel water tank, pipelines for the school bathrooms, canteen, and faculty room plus a hand washing area for the students.
Meawhile, in Sual, Pangasinan, TeaM Energy also donated a complete safe water system to Baquioen Elementary School. This complete safe water system benefitted almost 400 students in the said school.
Through TeaM Energy’s Safe Water for Schools project, these public schools no longer have to depend on collected rainwater. Rather, they have immediate access to safe and clean water in their schools all the time.
The Safe Water for Schools project is just one component of TeaM Energy’s contribution to the Department of Education’s Adopt-a-School program. Other programs in line with TeaM Energy’s participation to DepEd’s Adopt-a-School include the Lakbay Aral project which involves the conduct of lectures and plant tours among high school students in Quezon and Pangasinan; the Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) which involves trainings and workshops on school-based ESWM and the provision of necessary garbage receptacles; and the annual gift giving to select public elementary schools in Sual and Pagbilao.
The Adopt-A-School program was established by DepEd in order to encourage private companies to assist in the delivery of quality education to public schools in the country.