BACOLOD CITY – There is, in Roxas City, water everywhere but, like in The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, “nor any drop to drink” after Typhoon Ursula struck the city surrounded by the sea in Capiz province December last year.
Last week, a water tanker and filtration trailer made their way from here to the Panay city more than 140 kilometers away by land and sea.
These will stay there for about a week, part of the “Tubig para sa mga Pumuluyo sang Pres. Roxas, Capiz” a program of civic-minded Bacolodnons under the Rotary Club of Bacolod in partnership with Rotary Club of Metro Roxas.
Rotary Bacolod’s Past District Governor Edgar Sy, the Sy Boon Pit Foundation and Bacolod City Councilor Elmer Sy took part in this initiative to distribute water to eight villages in Roxas that have suffered severe flooding following heavy rains brought by Typhoon Ursula on Christmas day, last year, a press release from Rotary Club Bacolod said.
The program sought to address the lack of access to clean and safe drinking water.
The project was a result of a courtesy call and meeting between officers of the Rotary Club of Bacolod headed by Frederick Anthony de Leon, Rotary Club of Metro Roxas represented by DS Geri Asis, EJ Panaligan, and the Office of the Governor, Province of Capiz with Pres. Roxas Mayor Receliste Escolin last year, the press release added.