Sitio Monicayo is an indigenous peoples (IP) community located in Mabalacat, Pampanga, Philippines. It is composed of around 170 households or around 1,000 residents. Due to migration and intermarriages, the community is a mixture of indigenous persons (the Aetas of North Luzon) and non-indigenous residents. According to MWF’s baseline survey in 2018, only 38% of the households have a family member with regular employment. Majority of the community members are involved in farming which, at times, poses irregularity in disposable income due to typhoons. Some also engage in raising livestock. Both produce and livestock are sold to address monetary needs and consumed for sustenance.
Water access in Sitio Monicayo has been a challenge for the community in the past years. Prior to the construction of the water facility provided by MWF and its partners, residents either used rain water or drew water from a spring located approximately 50 meters from the main road and more than 100 meters from the residential area. Those who have enough resources purchased water either from a private deep well located within the area or from vendors in a neighboring community three (3) kilometers away.
In 2016, water access has been made available to Sitio Monicayo through the efforts of the Manila Water Foundation, in partnership with Clark Water Company (CWC) and Clark Development Corporation (CDC).
A Level 2 stand-alone water system was constructed inside the community. To maintain the facility, MWF and CDC initiated the formation of the Water Group composed of Sitio Monicayo residents. The group underwent capacity-building on key skills such as Operations and Maintenance, Financial Literacy and Basic Accounting to equip them with the skills to maintain the facility. The inauguration of water facility and the installation of pipes for additional 8 watering points has already been completed.
Currently, most of Monicayo residents draw water from the facility (85% for drinking; 72% for domestic use). Weekly water consumption for the community is at 131 gallons.
For the sanitation and hygiene phases, consultations and information campaigns have been conducted to share knowledge on fecal waste containment and management.
Barangay Sapang Uwak is an IP (indigeneous people) community of Aeta residents located along the slopes of Mount Catuno, East of Mt. Pinatubo in Porac, Pampanga. According to the Prac Rural Health Unit (2018), the community is occupied by 423 families.
Prior to the intervention of Manila Water Foundation (MWF), the community experienced inadequate water supply dues to the low water yield of their single source which is a natural spring. Leaks also on their main pipe aggravated the limited water supply.
In October 2018, construction of a Level II water system commenced which included the development of a water source, the laying of pipes, and the construction of water tanks and watering points that are close to the households.
Prior to construction, a community consultation and community mapping were held in September 2018 to discuss community issues and propose possible solutions.
With the collaboration of the local Sapang Uwak community, Manila Water Philippine Ventures (MWPV), the local government of Porac, Ayala Land, and the Office of House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the water facility was inaugurated on February 13, 2018.
The water system now serves more than 200 families.
To ensure sustainability of the water supply, MWF crated a local water group to supervise the operations and maintenance. The intervention includes 2 spring boxes as water source, a 3-kilometer water network, 3 water tanks and 11 watering points.
Continuous community consultations, trainings and research are held in the community to prepare its residents for the next phases of WASH.