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Beyond Walls: Addressing water challenges for Correctional Institution, COVID-19 Facility

“Laking gulat ko nang dumating ang trak na may dalang five-gallon na tubig. Ika ni Mommy Rose na inmate ng CIW, ‘Ngayon lang kami nagkaroon ng ganyan! Amin ba talaga iyan?’ Thank you for allowing the inmates to believe that even while they live and breathe on routine in a place where all things arrive only as scheduled, good surprises can still come. Thank you for showing them that,” said Florence Isidoro, Coordinator for Women Recharged Ministries.


Safe and potable drinking water has been a challenge for the Correctional Institution for Women-(CIW), the country’s first and only penal institution exclusively for women offenders. On September 18, Manila Water Foundation sent support to the frontliners and inmates of CIW by providing 150 pieces of five-gallon bottled water. This will benefit 20 police personnel and 130 inmates of CIW's Values Group.

MWF provides much-needed drinking water for inmates, dispensers for COVID-19 facility under WASH in Pandemic

Meanwhile, the World Trade Center (WTC) in Pasay City, which currently serves as a COVID-19 isolation facility, also encounters the same hydration challenge.

"It is challenging on our part as an isolation facility to provide additional potable water and safe drinking water to patients," said Cpt. Renel Contreras, Logistics Officer of Task Group (TG)-WTC Care.

To help address the need for drinking water, MWF also provided 10 units of water dispensers and 10 bottles of 5-gallon drinking water which will benefit the Task Group-WTC Care. Around 400 individuals are currently housed in the facility.

MWF provides much-needed drinking water for inmates, dispensers for COVID-19 facility under WASH in Pandemic

These efforts are under MWF’s WASH in Pandemic program. MWF would like to thank JCI Metro Area, JCI Mandaluyong and AFP-WTC for their cooperation for this initiative.