The Tinadtaran Piña Agsanayan San Roque Agrarian Reform Cooperative (TPAS ARC) was the recipient of a ram pump water system and water filters from a project by Department of Science and Technology VI (DOST VI) and Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc. (AIDFI).

The equipment transfer is an objective of a project entitled, “Installation of Ram Pump Water Systems and Provision of Water Filters to CEST (Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology) Communities in Western Visayas”.

During the turn-over ceremony, Buenavista Mayor, Hon. Samuel T. Gumarin, shared a message during the event recounting TPAS ARC’s origins and how it grew in terms of calamansi production technology with assistance granted from various agencies.

Engr. Christopher G. Taclobos, president of the AIDFI’s Board of Trustees, also gave a message explaining the project’s goal of making clean water more accessible to various communities, especially far-flung ones. Moreover, he mentioned that the ram pump water system is environmentally friendly as it doesn’t require electricity which makes it ideal for many communities.

This was followed by a response from TPAS ARC operations manager Michelle T. Niangar wherein she ensures the proper use and operation of the system while also encouraging her fellow members to show support for the project and acquisition of new technologies and to continue contributing to the cooperative’s development.

The turn-over was marked by the ceremonial ribbon-cutting ceremony and calamansi planting activity. Aside from these, 20 water filters were distributed to cooperative members. (DOST VI-KMU)