THE Davao City Water District conducted series of donation activities last week in upland communities in the third district as part of its corporate social responsibility relative to achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDG) of the United Nations.
The MDG refers to the eight time-bound, concrete and specific targets aimed at significantly reducing, if not decisively eradicating poverty among others, by the year 2015.
In line with the global goal to eradicate poverty, DCWD made good attempts to help communities surrounding the watershed areas augment their livelihood.
DCWD general manager Rodora N. Gamboa said these initiatives were the company's sincere gesture of gratitude to its partner communities in environmental protection in Sitios Ladian and Malikongkong in Barangay Marilog; Barangays Tawan Tawan, Carmen and Cadalian in Baguio District.
She thanked the barangay leaders for their steadfast support to the utility's advocacy on the preservation and rehabilitation of watersheds.
The water utility through its adopt-a-community project, donated one unit sewing machine to the women group in Sitio Malikongkong; CD player, T-shirts, school supplies and medicines to the day care, elementary and high school students in Sitio Ladian; and various household items such as bed mattresses, curtains, blankets, pillows, pillow cases, and towels to the health centers of barangays Tawan-Tawan, Carmen, and Cadalian.
DCWD also turned over sacks of rice and other food supplies to Sitio Ladian in Marilog, Barangays Tawan-tawan, Carmen, and Cadalian in Baguio District. The teachers and parents thanked DCWD for supporting the feeding programs for their preschoolers.
Gamboa explained that the Adopt-a-Community Project in Barangay Marilog has been going on since 2007. The Women Multi Purpose Cooperative members in said place requested DCWD to help support their education program in terms of school materials and food supplies. The students walk three to four kilometers daily to school, usually without breakfast, just to attend classes.
"We have been forging partnerships with upland communities for environmental protection while trying to find ways to help alleviate their poverty. In fact, ensuring environmental sustainability, eradicating extreme poverty and hunger and achieving universal primary education are three Millennium Development Goals that we touch along with our efforts in many barangays there," Gamboa said.
She also emphasized the importance of inter-generational responsibility which obliges the present generation to preserve the environment for the succeeding generations.