A New Beginning for the Victims of Yolanda: UNTV and Equinet Concur to Build Deep Well Water System in 100 areas in the Visayas Region
The prayers of many Yolanda victims for clean, potable water are answered when UNTV and Equinet Architectural and Engineering Support inked a Memorandum of Agreement to put up deep well water system in various areas of Central Philippines affected by the super typhoon.
Mr. Tony Habana and Mr. Ralph Walker, Managing Directors of Equinet, signed the agreement in behalf of the company.
Equinet representatives voiced their great sympathy towards the victims of Typhoon Yolanda which killed around 7000 men, women and children.
Clean water is among the top necessities as most of the areas were washed away by the typhoon that hit the country during the last quarter of 2013, rendering the facilities unusable and the water system unfit for drinking.
In their search for ways to be part of the solution for the victims of the calamity, Equinet initiated talks with UNTV with regards to how they can be of use for the great many public service initiatives of the television network.
UNTV is known for the many public service efforts led by its CEO and Anchorman, Kuya Daniel Razon, in cooperation with the Member of the Church of God International (MCGI) presided by Bro. Eli Soriano. Equinet has also partnered with UNTV in some other projects prior to this.
“They approached us, at sinabi nga nila na gusto nilang makatulong. They asked us to identify the areas kung saan meron talagang pangangailangan (They approached us, and said that they really want to help. They asked us to identify the areas where there is great need for water),” Mr. Gerry Panghulan of UNTV commented.
The group believes in the same advocacy that UNTV is pushing for that is why they had been a constant collaborator in the station’s aim to help the poor and the needy.
“Initially, we identified 10 (areas), sampu initially ang nakalagay dun sa MOA but ang understanding namin ni Tony, eh ito eh walang katapusan, hanggang mayroon tayong nangangailangan ng tubig na pwedeng mapaglagyan ng deep well system ay aabutin natin (Initially, we identified 10, the MOA initially indicates 10 areas but to our understanding, Tony and I, this is going to be a continuing effort, as long as there is a need for water, where we can place a deep well system, we will reach out),” Mr. Panghulan explained.
Many lives had been lost to the disaster, and the number of victims still rises because of the scarcity of water in the said areas. With the water pumps to be built in these areas, people can start building their community once again. If that is the case, then a large number of residents on the severely affected areas will greatly benefit from this public service effort as the chain of good events can replicate with the hope that the public service effort offers.
Written by: Tess Carcamo
(VIDEO: UNTV news posted on Youtube)