Panarayon Water Project – Philippines

Panarayon Water Project – PhilippinesLocation
Panarayon, Bacacay, Albay, Luzon, Philippines

Community Description
The project is located in the barangay (community) of Panarayon, Bacacay in the province of Albay. The specific area of Panarayon for completion of this project includes Puroks (areas) 1, 2, and 3. Access to clean water is not available within a reasonable distance to residents in these areas.

Bacacay is a well-known tourist destination in the Albay province with popular beaches and a large number of visitors, especially in the summertime. The areas further inland are quite the opposite from the coastal destinations. Many areas inland are comprised of people well below the poverty line. Panarayon is one of several portions of Bacacay that is in the Children International-covered area due to the large number of impoverished children and families.

Panarayon Water Project – PhilippinesProject Description
The Panarayon water project is to install 4 water pumps across 3 rural areas in Bacacay, Albay, where clean water is not readily accessible.

Residents in these areas include families of Children International-sponsored youth and families of the general population. Community volunteers surveyed and determined that the three sections of Panarayon that are most in need include Puroks (areas) 1, 2, and 3. Each of the locations for water pump installation was selected by the Children International/community volunteers based on the areas most in need and with the largest number of residents living in each area without access to running water.

The water pump locations are centralized in residential neighborhoods along common walking paths that local residents access daily. None of the pumps will be on private property and all residents in each area will have access to the water.

Panarayon Water Project – PhilippinesThe project will begin with the digging of 3 water wells (Purok 1 has a water well source already constructed) and then the assembly and installation of 4 water pumps. This work will include the digging of trenches, placement and laying of ground pipes, and then installation of the final pitcher pump.

Overseen and advised by a general contractor, community volunteers will undertake 100% of the project labor. Children International Field Officers will also assist with monitoring and implementation.

Funding assistance will go to the purchase of all materials and supplies while the community will undertake 100% of the project labor. Materials include: pitcher pump (4pcs), GI pipes, gravel, sand, cement, steel bars (10mm and 8mm), and wood lumber (2x4x10). A small percentage of the funding will go towards technical support and oversight of construction process.

Project Impact
Over 150 residents of 3 communities will benefit from the project.

Peace Corps Volunteer Directing Project
Chris Economon

Comments
This is a high-impact project that will result in safe water for several communities. There is a large participation by the villagers, leading to sustainability into the future.

Dollar Amount of Project
$555.00

Donations Collected to Date
$555.00

Dollar Amount Needed
$0.00 - This project has been fully funded, through the generosity of the Elmo Foundation.

We encourage others to continue to donate using the Donate button below, and we will notify the Peace Corps Volunteer of your donation. Additional funds will be used to fund the next project by the PCV and/or those of other PCVs in the country of service.

This project has been finished. To read about the conclusion of the project, CLICK HERE.

Conclusion of Panarayon Water Project – Philippines

Conclusion of Panarayon Water Project – PhilippinesThis project has been completed under the direction of Peace Corps Volunteer Chris Economon. To read about the beginning of the project, CLICK HERE.

The project was to install 4 water pumps across 3 rural areas in Bacacay, Albay.

Chris reports:

Our project’s purpose was to install 4 water pitcher pumps, including the digging and construction of 3 water wells, in the areas encompassing Panarayon, Bacacay. This project was completed in just over 2 and half weeks thanks to the efforts of the community volunteers and Children International Field Officer who handled the coordination and labor of the project’s implementation and construction.

The initiative of the community really drove the project as anticipation for successful completion was the primary motivator. Children International staff and I provided basic oversight and assistance as needed, but the sector volunteers and residents led the way.

During the project completion there was postponement of the schedule due to weather conditions, but despite the delays, the community residents and the Purok Councils were very eager to finish the project. They recognized the anticipation and excitement in how the project would help the community residents through the provision of safe and clean water access.

Conclusion of Panarayon Water Project – PhilippinesThe residents in each Purok took an active role in undertaking the water project. If they were not directly involved in the manual labor, residents supported those who were by preparing snacks and meals and importing drinking water to ensure hydration.

After the pump installations were complete, touring the completed project sites was quite rewarding. Kids and families were already making full use of the new equipment and it was very fulfilling for all that were involved to bring such a necessity to local community residents.

As a measure of officially launching each project into the community’s hands, a “turnover” ceremony took place for each of the four sites. In attendance were Children International staff, project and sector volunteers, community leaders and officials, including the Panarayon Barangay Captain, and over 300 families and residents. Some of the residents took the opportunity to express their gratitude as did the Captain and other officials as it will help them with sanitation and hygiene of the families living around areas where the pumps were installed.

The community has also planned a maintenance strategy on how the project will be sustained through community efforts. Residents and local community leaders will combine to shoulder any expenses that may be needed for future maintenance and repairs.

Overall, it was a pleasure working on this project – mostly due to the strong collaboration and teamwork of everyone involved. But as a Peace Corps Volunteer, it is the most rewarding to see a community take ownership of a project and identify efforts to maximize sustainability long after we have departed from our project sites!

We are grateful to Chris for completing this terrific project, and to the Elmo Foundation for providing the funding.

Conclusion of Panarayon Water Project – PhilippinesConclusion of Panarayon Water Project – Philippines