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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.

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"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.

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Got Agua? Travels to Tabon, the Philippines’ Cradle of Civilization

Nationwide, one out of ten Filipinos – almost 10 million people - lack access to basic water. In some regions of the country, almost forty-percent of Filipinos lack such access. These numbers were released in July by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF in the report, titled “Progress on Drinking Water, Sanitation and Hygiene: 2017 Update and Sustainable Development Goal Baselines.”

Got Agua? president Rocco Puno called the report a sobering reminder of the work that needs to be done. “Access to clean drinking water should not be a luxury or restricted by the accident of birth. Rather, access to clean drinking water should be a birthright for every Filipino in every barangay across the country. The WHO and UNICEF report underscores the work that needs to be done to make that birthright a reality for every Filipino,” said Puno.

In response to Puno’s call to action, Got Agua? volunteers from the Philippines and the United States led by Got Agua?’s vice-president Madeline Myronowicz traveled to the Philippines’ Cradle of Civilization, Tabon, Quezon, Palawan to rehabilitate and drill new water wells. Barangay Captain Herasmo Abelong, members of the barangay council, and local schoolchildren warmly welcomed Got Agua? with a full program that featured two dances by the schoolchildren. The schoolchildren obviously practiced their routines for weeks. The Got Agua? team were also treated to homemade, organic banana bread, buko pie, and locally-grown tamarind tea.

During their stay, the Got Agua? team arranged to repair a well that provides water to more than a hundred students at the local middle school, rehabilitated four additional wells, and drilled a new well. These wells will provide clean drinking water to 1,000 residents. With the additional of these much needed wells, Got Agua? has completed water projects for more than 19,000 people.

“Palawan is a breathtakingly beautiful place. We were overwhelmed by the generosity of spirit and enthusiasm of the people and are grateful to have been invited into and embraced by the community. We want to especially thank social worker Lilybeth T. Balisco with the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office, Quezon, Palawan for introducing us to this wonderful group of people and idyllic place, and of course, Barangay Captain Abelong for all of his help. I am looking forward to returning to the Philippines next year for more water projects,” said Myronowicz.

Rocco Puno added, “our water projects demonstrate that people can come together for the greater good, work to save the lives of our most vulnerable, and tackle the root causes of poverty in the Philippines and abroad.” ;     




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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.