HistoryIn 2009, TPA built its first water network in Sipac, a slum located in Metro Manila. By mid of-2010, a fire ravaged the area, where 587 families benefited running water. Further to this disaster, these families were relocated in other neighbouring areas. TPA was unable to continue its project. By end 2010, the water distributor and project partner, Maynilad Water Services Inc., offered TPA to launch a new project in Cavite, in South of Metro Manila. Further to the project success, on the following year, TPA signed a partnership with Maynilad counterpart in Cebu (2nd city of the country), Cebu Metropolitan Water District.
On-going projectsToday TPA counts two agencies: one in Cavite, the other one in Cebu. In each of its operation areas, W&L installs fire hydrants and organises dully trained and equipped volunteer fire-fighting brigades. Events are organised with local authorities and organisations in order to enhance community building. Each event gathered few hundred participants. Finally, W&L conduct a review on sanitation and waste management in each of the operation areas.
ObjectivesIn 2014, W&L continues providing fire-fighting and hygiene awareness trainings, and develops new waste management activities. TPA continues water network installation in Cavite and Cebu slums, connecting not only households but also schools and health centers. New partnerships are implemented in new identified areas.
Key figures - On-going projects
2 projects in Philippines:
- Cavite (South of Metro Manila), since 2011, where 1,400 families live (Salcedo II, Manggahan and Pugad Ibon slums)
- Cebu (2nd largest city in the country), since 2012, where 1,350 families live (Lower Tipolo, Malibu, Paknaan slums)
Families with a house connected to drinking water:
- Cavite: 957
- Cebu: 847
Public places connected to safe drinking water:
- 2 schools Everyday, 240 children
People volunteering in fire-fighting brigades:
- Cavite: 101
- Cebu: 265
Hygiene and environment awareness:
- Hygiene promotion sessions
- Organisation of the "Global Hand-Washing Day"
- Organisation of the "Neighbourhood Clean-Up Day"
"Until TPA/W&L arrive in the area, we had to pump water from wells. Water quality was low: to do my laundry, I needed twice more detergent, or else water would not bubble! I was exhausted as I had to fetch water from the well to my house. Today, we have clean water from the tap, I reduced my detergent expenses, and we can drink this water, I even use it for my baby’s powdered milk."