Situated just beside the Pampanga River, Purok 1 at Barangay Sta. Lucia in Calumpit, Bulacan finds itself prone to flooding especially during typhoon seasons.
When Typhoon Ulysses hit Central Luzon in November, it was expected that the community will be submerged in floodwater again. However, almost a month after it passed, the community is still yet to recover from the damages caused by the weather disturbance.
Ferdinand Carlos, a resident in Purok 1, shared, "Sa kasagsagan at pagkatapos ng bagyo, [nabaha] ang buong barangay, sira ang mga poso, at kami ay namamangka upang makapunta sa ibang lugar. Marami pong nagutom at nawalan ng kabuhayan. (Before and after the typhoon, our barangay is submerged in floodwater, our water water pumps are broken, and we need to ride a boat to go to other places. Most of us are hungry and lost our jobs.)"
To bring aid to the community, Thome Ship Management generously offered to partner with Manila Water Foundation to send potable water in the area. 750 gallons of potable water were distributed in the community which benefitted 150 families.
"Malaking tulong po ito sapagka't hanggang ngayon marami pa ang walang malinis na tubig (This is a huge help for us since many of us still don't have access to clean water)," said Carlos.
MWF Executive Director Reginald Andal shared, "Thome Group directly reached out and conveyed their interest to partner with us in bringing safe and potable water to the affected families of the recent typhoons. This only demonstrates their commitment to corporate citizenship, which greatly matters now more than ever when our fellow Filipinos direly need our support."
The effort is under MWF's Agapay Tubig program which aims to provide water relief to disaster-affected families.