Coca-Cola Foundation and Del Monte Foundation achieve Zero Extreme Poverty in Brgy. Kulasi, Bukidnon!

Sumilao, Bukidnon – Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines and Del Monte Foundation Inc. collaborated with the local government units of Brgy. Kulasi and the municipality of Sumilao to build an effective water system that gave local farmers and their families access to clean and potable water.

Brgy. Kulasi is the poorest among the ten (10) barangays in the municipality of Sumilao. Before the construction of the water system, household members walk to a reservoir 750meters away to line in a queue from a single faucet. Now, they have 25 community faucets in their barangay. This led to the increased production of crops and vegetables for our Sumilao farmers.

According to a survey conducted in December 2020, extreme poverty in Brgy. Kulasi has now been completely eradicated. Based on the #ZEP2030 indicators, the previously-identified eleven (11) extremely poor families have exhibited improved living conditions. Sixty-one (61) families have also been able to construct and own sanitary toilets through the joint effort of Del Monte Foundation, the LGU-Sumilao and the BLGU of Kulasi. All of these were made possible by Coca-Cola Foundation’s Agos Project – Level 2 Water System.

This water system project was also recognized as the Outstanding CSR Collaboration Project during the 2020 LCF – CSR Guild Awards. The CSR Guild Awards is a seal of excellence given to premier organizations implementing corporate social responsibility (CSR) programs in Education, Arts and Culture, Enterprise Development, Environment, Health, and Collaboration.

“Aside from the importance of water in the community, ipinakita rin ng proyektong ito ang pagbibigay importansya sa collaboration at sa pagtingin sa community development bilang isang buong ecosystem. Hindi ito kaya ng iisang grupo lang, kailangan tayo ay sama-sama at tulong-tulong para sa ating mga komunidad.” – Cecile Alcantara, CCFPI President.

Through the Agos Program, Coca-Cola strengthens its commitment to water stewardship – replenishing an estimated 112% of the water used in the production of beverages in 2019.

By making safe water accessible to more families, we also reduce the incidence of water-borne diseases, ensuring that residents can live healthier, happier lives.

[Article submitted by Jeanne Pineda, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.]