(BBI Foundation’s Sheryl Centeno and project director Nick Soriano hand over a container of mineral water to a father and his son in Barangay Margot on Sunday. Photo by Ashley Manabat)
ANGELES CITY – In response to the urgent call for help, the Bridges of Benevolence Initiatives (BBI) Foundation, Inc., has donated 1,000 pieces of five-gallon water containers and mineral water to residents of Barangay Margot here on Sunday.
Led by Barangay Captain Jose Bagang, residents gathered at the covered basketball court where they availed themselves of the free water containers from BBI to help them immediately, albeit temporarily, cope with the water crisis plaguing their village.
“It is a mild remedy to the tremendous problem of the residents here,” said Atty.
Sheryl Centeno, BBI chief finance officer and member of its Board of Trustees.
Three weeks ago, Bagang said he sought the help of BBI chair Dr. Irineo Alvaro, Jr. after barangays Margot and Sapangbato have been declared under a state of calamity by the city council due to the water crisis in their area.
Bagang said he went to seek the help of Alvaro, because their village is in dire need of clean water. “Manyad kepu saup kekayu kasi pu ing kekeng baryu tutu nepu magkasakit keng danum (We are asking for your help because our village is truly in dire need of water),” said Bagang.
Centeno said upon receipt of the information, Alvaro instructed BBI project director Nick Soriano to conduct an inspection and find out how BBI can help.
She said Soriano conducted a study on the plans to help find a permanent solution to the water crisis and recommended the immediate needs of the residents.
During the short program, the head teacher of the Tacondo Elementary School in the barangay also awarded a certificate of appreciation to Dr. Alvaro, for donating 21 containers of mineral water as part of its community services for school children. Centeno said more than P500,000 have been allotted by BBI for the donations.
She stated that BBI’s help will be “continuing” to help the people in time of calamities which is one of the main core programs of BBI Foundation that was personally created by Dr. Alvaro himself.
Centeno said water pumps will also be donated to the residents of nearby Barangay Sapangbato as part of the permanent solution to the water crisis after the Holy Week break.