Current Efforts in Fundraising for Paang Bundok’s Proposed Solar Wind Hybrid for Household Water Distribution and Livestock Raising
Project Location: Sitio Paang Bundok, San Celestino, Lipa, Batangas, Philippines
Samahang Patubig ng Paang Bundok (SPPB) and Sibol ng Agham at Teknolohiya (SIBAT) has been mobilizing the Batangas local government unit (barangay, municipal, provincial and congressman) to provide financial, material and support services to the proposed rehabilitation and upgrading of the Paang Bundok’s solar-wind water pumping project.
The following LGUs were approached and have given their initial commitment for project support in kind, material and financial support.
The main project objective is to rehabilitate and upgrade the defunct solar water pumping system in Brgy. San Celestino of Lipa in Batangas, Philippines for 85 rural poor Filipino families (total population – 435) with clean drinking and household water needs (i.e., bathing, washing and cleaning). Previously installed in 2005 by SIBAT, it was destroyed by lightning in September 2008 rendering it non-functional up to now. SIBAT engineers will rehabilitate the solar water pumping project - replacement of solar panels, charge controllers, batteries, electrical inverters and rewiring of cables including necessary civil works. The villagers will provide labor counterpart.
The project will provide Paang Bundok with at least 17 m3 of water daily for their household consumption. It will ensure steady water supply direct to their houses, thereby ensuring accessibility, sanitary conditions, and minimize if not totally eliminate recurring water borne diseases in the community. The villagers will then have more time for other productive and learning activities, as the drudgery and the time spent in manual fetching of water will be done away with.
During the rainy season (May-December), the project can provide more water hence increasing the volume of water being supplied that can then supply nearby sitios.
Through the solar water pumping project, 435 poor Filipinos will be provided clean drinking water hence reducing chronic waterborne diseases, especially children. Backyard gardening and livestock raising will also be possible, hence will provide additional nutritional vegetables and open up income generating opportunities at the household level.
Currently, SIBAT project team is preparing for a more detailed feasibility study to improve the technical design and the power enterprise component of the project. Local produce such as coffee processing from dehulling, dehusking, shelling, drying, roasting up to product packaging may be integrated so as to provide value to their coffee production. Black pepper can also be looked into for integration and product development. The enterprise livelihood component will further enhance and strengthen the project’s sustainability and economic viability, ultimately benefiting the villagers and organizational strengthening of the Samahang Patubig ng Paang Bundok (SPPB).
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