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  • The Philippines is an archipelago of more than 7,109 islands and has a population of over 100 million. 
  • The capital of the Philippines is Manila and the national language is Filipino.  The Philippines is also the 3rd largest English speaking country in the world.
  • There are more than 200 volcanoes in the Philippines, but only a few are active. 
  • The Philippines was a Spanish colony from 1521 to 1898.  The Philippines gained its independence from the United States on July 4, 1946, making it the first Southeast Asian country to gain independence after World War II.
  • Arthur MacArthur, Jr., was named the Governor-General of the Philippines in 1900.  His son, General Douglas MacArthur was named Field Marshall of the Philippines in 1937 by Philippine President Manuel Quezon. 
  • Los Angeles, California was co-founded in 1781 by a Filipino named Antonio Miranda Rodriquez.
  • Karoake was invented in the Philippines — not Japan.

Got Agua Communities - Philippines

"Sixteen million (or approximately 1 in 6) Filipinos lack access to a safe and sustainable water supply, derailing the country’s growth."  — Philippine President Benigno S. Aquino III

The Philippines is among the countries in the Asia Pacific region with “the highest rates of water-related fatalities.”

In the Philippines, Got Agua? is working with elected officials, local government units, and the athletic, business, entertainment and legal communities to partner with local communities to develop local solutions to their local water needs.  Water. Life. Love.

Our Communities

Altavas, Aklan

Got Agua?, an international water charity, recently broke ground on its first project in the province of Aklan. Although this is not the first of its kind in the Philippines, this is the pioneering project partnership between Got Agua? and Habitat for Humanity, a relationship spearheaded by Got Agua? President Rocco Puno. “The two international organizations share a common mission in uplifting the lives of Filipinos – there are plenty of synergies in working together, and we hope this is the first of many projects”, he said.

The project is located in Brgy. Man-up in Altavas, Aklan, and primarily benefit an Aeta community that was displaced during Typhoon Haiyan. Habitat for Humanity will deliver the homes they had lost, while Got Agua? will donate funds for the installation of jetmatic hand pumps, providing the community with clean, potable water. In order to put this together, representatives of both organizations worked with Fr. Geoffrey Jimenez of Holy Child Parish, who will oversee all activities involving construction and installation.

This collaborative model is a hallmark of the Got Agua? strategy: partner with local communities to provide local solutions for the neighborhood’s water needs. This strategy stems from the core principles of the organization, which believes that access to clean, potable water is a right for all human beings.

While Got Agua?’s mission is not complete until all have access to safe drinking water, it has made strides toward its goal, completing 32 projects for 18,000 people in India, Africa, and the Philippines.

Despite its global focus, the organization will continue to prioritize the Philippines for its new projects, according to Got Agua? President Rocco Puno: “My involvement in this organization has always been for the betterment of my countrymen, and with our new partnership with Habitat for Humanity, we believe we’re on our way to changing thousands of lives”.        



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There is hope.  We know how to bring people clean water and improved sanitation.  Proven solutions to the water crisis currently exist and are simple and cost-effective.  Increased global awareness, proper funding, local community participation can make universal safe drinking water a reality.  Support Got Agua? today.