The deep well water system of the United Farmers of San Francisco (UFSF) in Purok 6, Barangay, San Francisco, Ubay, Bohol, in the Philippines, has formally started its operation after the blessing and inauguration held on November 28, 2022. The blessing was officiated by Fr. Christopher Aupe of the Saint Vincent Parish in San Pascual, Ubay.
The occasion was attended by UFSF members, fellow farmers, and fisherfolk organizations, which found encouragement from the successful potable water project and representatives from the local government unit of Ubay.
In his inspirational speech, Mario Diacor, representative of Ubay town mayor Constantino Reyes, commended the UFSF and the non-government organization Central Visayas Farmers Development Center (FARDEC) for working together to develop the source of potable water in the area. The water system project of the UFSF was made possible through the efforts of FARDEC with funds from the Camillian Disaster Services International (CADIS) and Chiesa Cattolica Italiana (CEI). The whole project was a result of the combined voluntary work of UFSF members and aid from the said humanitarian organizations. It is part of a 3-year program that aims to enhance the capacity of rural poor communities for disaster and climate change mitigation.
Among many problems caused by extreme weather conditions such as El Nino or drought was the lack of access to clean drinking water in some farming villages in Bohol, including Barangay San Francisco. Specifically, in Purok 6, where Diomedes Butlig and the rest of the UFSF members reside, their nearest source of drinking water for decades was a kilometer away. While a few had motorcycles that could manage to bring more than one container of water, most of the residents had to walk through rugged trails and manually carry a few gallons from the deep well. However, farmers, whether they be UFSF members or not, can now breathe a sigh of relief as a potable water system has finally been built.