DUMAGUETE CITY, March 24 (PIA) -- As handwashing is one of the first lines of defense to keep safe from COVID-19, the Metro Dumaguete Water (MDW) and Dumaguete City Water District (DCWD) donated several sets of handwashing facilities to the Dumaguete City government to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Dubbed "Hugas Luwas Dumaguete", the donation of community handwashing facilities to the city at the Presidencia Grounds, received through Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo, coincided with the celebration of World Water Day and was one of the activities lined up for the weeklong celebration.
MDW Chief Operating Officer David Berba said the donated facilities will be placed in strategic areas around Dumaguete City Hall, Quarantine Facility, and the City Public Market with an extra facility to be placed at the MDW Office.
"This donation is just the beginning and more facilities are expected to be installed throughout the year as a small contribution of MDW in the fight against COVID-19," Berba said.
In response, Remollo thanked MDW, saying, "This is a very timely and relevant gift to the City of Dumaguete and this will remind everyone the importance of handwashing as part of the protocol."
The mayor also shared how the city government supports the joint venture of MDW and looks forward to more partnerships to improve the city.
Aside from launching the Hugas Luwas Community Handwashing Program, MDW kicked off the celebration of World Water Day with the planting of fruit-bearing and forest trees inside the 460-hectare watershed in Brgy. Lunga, Valencia.
The activity was carried out in partnership with the Rotary Club of Dumaguete South, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), Local Government Unit of Valencia, and the Philippine National Police Highway Patrol Group.
Volunteers practiced social distancing while safety protocols were strictly enforced during this activity.
MDW shared its commitment to growing 7,000 trees in the watershed each year to ensure water sustainability for its consumers.
To cap the weeklong celebration of World Water Day, Berba also spoke before the Dumaguete media on March 24 during the Kapihan sa PIA (Philippine Information Agency) forum to talk about the fight for water security in line with the theme for this year's World Water Day, "Valuing Water". (jct/PIA7 Negros Oriental with reports from Kathleen Young Ricardo, Media Relations Officer of MDW)