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Ahon Tubig

According to a UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia Pacific (UNESCAP) study in 2009, connection to a piped water service has been a challenge for low-income households in the Philippines because of the stringent connection application requirements such as land titles. These households tend to resort to illegal tapping to the water mainlines or are forced to purchase water from vendors who charge more than the piped water service.2

Through its Ahon Tubig, then Tubig Para sa Barangay, the Foundation decided to serve these communities and provide a solution to bridge their need and their access to safe and clean water.

Dati, minsan lang magkatulo [ng tubig], burak pa po iyon. Noong ikinabit na po ‘yung metro, maganda na po ang daloy ng tulo. Malaki po ang kaginhawaan kung ikumpara mo noong mga nakaraang taon.” [Before, water flow was inconsistent, and water was even muddy. When the water meters were installed, the water flow greatly improved. It is so convenient for us now, compared to years ago.], Carmela de Guia, a resident of Barangay Lawa in Obando, Bulacan, testified.

De Guia is only one among the 2,080 individuals from 694 households in Brgy. Lawa and Brgy. San Pascual in Obando, Bulacan who are now benefitting from Ahon Tubig’s water service connections subsidized by Manila Water Foundation (MWF) in partnership with Obando Water Company. The Php 2.28M project aimed to provide clean and potable water to the community through pipe-laying along the alleys up to their individual homes. MWF shouldered 55% of the water service connection fees and the pipe-laying for 694 households in the two barangays.

Apart from the subsidized piped-in water connections, the Foundation was also able to support marginalized sectors through the rehabilitation of artesian wells and water tankers, and provision of water system technical assistance. In partnership with GMA Kapuso Foundation, the Foundation supported Datu Saber Elementary School in Marawi City in the rehabilitation of its water system, serving 279 pupils of the school. Meanwhile, Ayala Foundation tapped the Foundation to restore six artesian wells that would benefit 120 children at Christian Mission Service Philippines (CMSP) Children’s Village in Naic, Cavite.

Overall, the Ahon Tubig program was able to provide water access interventions to 82,411 individuals in 2019.



Project Details 




6 rehabilitated artesian wells 

Naic, Cavite 

120 individuals

Ayala Foundation 

Technical assistance on water system

Marawi City 

279 students

GMA Kapuso Foundation


4 rehabilitated water tankers

Sta. Barbara, Pangasinan

82,012 residents





82,411 individuals





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