Laguna Water Provides Schools in Laguna Access to Clean Water and Basic Sanitation Services

In-photo: Laguna Water Business Zone Manager for Cabuyao, Jec Caraan; Cabuyao City's Office of the Mayor Executive Assistant V Carlo Bella; Sala Elementary School Principal Abelinda Sison; Barangay Sala Chairman Francisco Alimagno; and Laguna Water External Affairs Manager Ana Martir

Laguna Water held the inauguration of newly-installed drinking fountain and refurbished handwashing areas and restrooms of Sala Elementary School (SES) in Cabuyao City, Laguna on September 20, 2016.

Access to clean water and adequate sanitation amenities has direct impact to the learning ability and academic performance of students. According to a report published by the United Nations in 2006, children lose 443 million school days each year due to water-related diseases.

In the Philippines, thousands of public schools have no access to clean water and basic sanitation facilities. This situation exposes millions of Filipinos to water-contaminated diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, and cholera.

Addressing the challenges of unreliable sources of water and poor hygienic conditions in public schools, Laguna Water, through its Lingap Eskwela program, constructs drinking fountains and rehabilitates handwashing facilities and restrooms of selected public elementary schools in Laguna.

During the recently held inauguration of the Lingap Eskwela program in SES, Mrs. Abelinda Sison, SES Principal, expressed her gratitude to Laguna Water for choosing their school to benefit from the company's sustainable development program.

Cabuyao City’s Office of the Mayor Executive Assistant V Carlo Bella, who represented Cabuyao City Mayor Rommel Gecolea, reminded the students and teachers of SES to take good care of the school's water and sanitation facilities because these aid in the prevention of diseases and other health problems. He added that a healthy school environment leads to excellent academic performance and increased productivity of teachers and students.

Furthermore, Laguna Water's Business Zone Manager for Cabuyao, Jec Caraan, recognized the Provincial Government of Laguna, City Government of Cabuyao, Department of Education, and SES for their support in the company’s Lingap Eskwela program. 

With the continued success of Laguna Water and its commitment to provide safe and clean water to the entire Province of Laguna, more schools within the Province will soon benefit from the company’s Lingap Eskwela program and other sustainable development programs such as Lingap Eskwela, Tubig Para Sa Barangay, and Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay, among others.

Also present to celebrate the inauguration of the Lingap Eskwela program in SES were Barangay Sala Chairman Francisco Alimagno, representatives from the City Government of Cabuyao, Laguna Water Team led by External Affairs Manager Ana Martir, and students and teachers of SES.

Since 2013, more than 35,000 students from 17 public schools in Laguna have already benefitted from Laguna Water's Lingap Eskwela program.

Through the Lingap Eskwela program, Laguna Water touches the lives of thousands of teachers and students in the Province of Laguna by creating a safe and clean school environment that positively impacts performance and productivity.

Laguna Water is a successful public-private partnership between the Provincial Government of Laguna and Manila Water Philippine Ventures, a wholly-owned company by Manila Water Company Inc. (Manila Water), the Ayala-led water service provider in the East Zone of Metro Manila and a leader in the water industry in the Philippines, with presence in Vietnam, Myanmar and Indonesia.

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