‘Balde, Timba, Tabo, Tsinelas’ for Aetas

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CLARK FREEPORT – In its desire to give back to the community, the Manila Water Foundation (MWF) in cooperation with the Clark Development Corporation (CDC) had recently distributed pails, dippers and slippers to a community of Aetas in Barangay Calumpang here.

The outreach is part of the culminating activity for Manila Water’s 19th Anniversary and is aligned with the anniversary theme “Balde-Timba-Tabo” and 500 “tsinelas” (slippers) for the Indigenous People in Sitio Monicayo.

Manila Water Operations Chief Operating Officer Ferds Dela Cruz and CDC Officer-In-Charge Noel F. Manankil and volunteers distributed the donations to the said community.

Of the donations, 88.4% came from employee pledges through salary donation while 11.6% came from cash/check donations.
The state-run firm supports projects that uplift the standard of living of the Indigenous People in the Freeport contiguous area.

In May this year, more than 500 Aeta residents of Sitio Monicayo were given access to clean and potable water through the partnership of Clark Water Corporation, MWF, CDC and the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.

Through Ahon Pinoy, one of Manila Water Foundation’s flagship programs under water supply and sanitation, the residents of Sitio Monicayo, were entrusted to take charge of the operation and maintenance of deepwell facility. If proven viable, the community can also convert the facility into a source of livelihood which is expected to further uplift
their quality of life.

The Sitio Monicayo Ahon Pinoy Project is the first of its kind in the whole of North Luzon.