Apo Agua and DCPO alleviate Paquibato residents' water woes

Residents of Sitio Panaga, Paquibato District, Davao City, now have access to a basic water supply. Apo Agua Infrastuctura, Inc. (Apo Agua) installed a water system in their community in collaboration with the Davao City Police Department's Revitalized Pulis sa Barangay (RPSB).

Apo Agua representatives turned over the 1,500 meters of pipes to leaders of Sitio Panaga in Paquibato District, led by Barangay Colosas Kagawad Merlinda Bacus, Indigenous Peoples Mandatory Representative Datu Gilbert Sagoksok, and Revitalized Pulis sa Barangay personnel.

Apo Agua's recent donation to the DCPO of 1,500 meters of pipes and construction materials. RPSB's small-scale water solution project in Barangay Colosas will benefit more than 350 indigenous households from the Ata-Manobo community in Panaga Village, Brgy. Datu Libayao Elementary School students, and the Council Complex.

The small-scale water system, dubbed "Project Blue," aims to alleviate the persistent water shortage problems with accessibility in more communities that will not directly benefit from the Bulk Water Project.

It introduces sustainable small-scale water solutions, such as water catchment facilities and water pipelines, in host communities and encourages residents' engagement as active partners for a viable project.

Water now flows from the newly rehabilitated water reservoir in Sitio Panaga, Paquibato District.

Residents of Barangay Colosas are grateful to Apo Agua and the DCPO for addressing water scarcity.

"We are grateful for Apo Agua's support for RPSB programs. This water augmentation for the barangay would not have been possible without their help. Our IP brothers and sisters have long wished for a better water supply. "As they say, water is life and the most basic need in any place," said PLT. Gary Aldaba, team leader of RBSP Barangay Colosas.

"Project Blue" demonstrates that the Filipinos' most prized culture of "Bayanihan"—helping others and working together to achieve common goals—is still very much alive.

Apo Agua hopes that by strengthening the spirit of collaboration among local community stakeholders, these water solutions will bridge the gap in resource allocation and improve teamwork to ensure that water supply sources are safeguarded and sustained.

"Our goal is to provide small-scale water solutions in our immediate communities through Project Blue. Our team includes engineers with technical expertise in water operations, and we can put that knowledge to use by collaborating closely with the community and ensure that these projects are effective and long-term," said Apo Agua President Anna Lu.

Meanwhile, the Aboitiz-led Apo Agua has pledged to be a long-term partner of the Davao City Water District (DCWD) by assisting in the mobilization of the Water Truck initiative as an intermediary water solution for Davao City residents while the Bulk Water Project nears completion.

Door-to-door water delivery, particularly in areas with intermittent water supplies, has served more than 5,000 households in the city’s Second District since June 2022. 

About Apo Agua

Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. is building one of the Philippines’ largest private bulk water supply facilities that will supply over 300 million liters per day of safe and sustainable water to the Davao City Water District for the people of Davao City. The company entered into an agreement with DCWD to shift the dependence of Davao City’s main water supply from groundwater wells to the more sustainably sourced surface water of the Tamugan River.

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