KALILANGAN, BUKIDNON—Civil society organizations (CSO) here joined forces with the local government and the Department of Education in providing schools with better access to water. With the construction of water tanks, students in this town have one less thing to worry about when they go to school.
Checkmyschool (CMS) partnered with Abag Kalambuan, Inc. in coordinating these projects with the LGU and DepEd in Bukidnon. Abag led the efforts in building the water tanks, styled as “Pinoy Banga,” with materials from the LGU and added labor from DepEd. “Yung kaunting contribution namin naging malaki sya dahil pumasok ang local government unit. So yun ang nakikita naming added value ng Checkmyschool,” Abag Executive Director Bienvenido Narciso, Jr. said. [“Our small contribution became big because of the entry of the local government unit. That is the added value we see with Checkmyschool.”]
Narciso said their organization couldn’t have addressed the schools’ water problem on their own. In 2014, Abag and CMS volunteers surveyed the municipality and identified access to water, both for drinking and sanitation, as the most pressing problem in schools in Kalilangan. “Nakikita namin yung mga bata nahihirapan kasi walang tubig.” CMS Volunteer Haron Mondoc said. [“We are seeing the children suffer because there’s no water.”]
After the findings were presented to the school board, Narciso said suggestions were made on how to better address the problems. He added that the organization asked the Mayor if the local government could approach the situation as part of their infrastructure support for the schools while Abag will serve as their counterpart in building the tanks. The collaboration helped address the water situation in Malinao Elementary School, Malinao National High School, Kalilangan Elementary and Kalilangan National High School.
“I am so thankful for Checkmyschool for being there for us because the water system that we have here at Malinao National High School helped a lot to our students [sic],” Karenlice Velasco, head teacher at Malinao National High School said.