Dole Philippines, Inc., through Mahintana Foundation, Inc., turned over the community-based ram pump water system to the BLGU of Brgy. Polomolok, Columbio, Sultan Kudarat on February 28, 2018. The project was in partnership with the EcoAgri Development Foundation Inc. and Maguindanaoan Foundation Inc. The ram pump water system project was implemented starting September 1, 2017.
The turnover ceremoywas attended by key persons and representatives of Dole Philippines Inc., Mahintana, EcoAgri Development Foundation Inc., Maguindanaoan Foundation Inc., LGU Columbio, BLGU Polomolok and the community members. Messages of support were heard from the guests. After the program, ceremonial washing of hands and turning over of tools to the technicians were conducted. A sumptuous meal was prepared by the BLGU and was shared by everyone. After the project was completed, 1 spring box, 2 ram pumps and drive pipes, 2 catchment tanks, diversion pipelines, delivery and distribution pipelines and 11 communal tap stands were constructed and 2 existing water tanks were rehabilitated. The community-based ram pump supplied at least 4.5 liters/minute/unit or 6,480 liters/day or 64.8 drums per day for 2 reservoirs. This has benefited at least 480 direct beneficiaries (80 households), 1,876 indirect beneficiaries (453 households) of the barangay and 1 existing school in the community that benefited at least 100 pupils and at least 10 teachers. Moreover, three local technicians were trained to maintain the ram pump.