An Agos Ram Pump from Coca-Cola benefits Negros Occidental small sugar farmers
Coca-Cola supports the local sugar industry, particularly the small farmers in Negros Occidental. The company has unveiled plans to build water access facilities in the province. They will be using the self-sustaining Agos ram pump model to provide irrigation for block farmers in the sugar-rich province.
What is Block Farming
Block farming is a “method of grouping together small parcels of contiguous land to create a large tract of arable land.” Because of this, farmers are able to pool their resources together to cultivate a more productive farm.
“This Agos ram pump project is in line with our commitment to the sugar industry, particularly to the small farmers. We have promised that Coca-Cola Philippines will always be their partner. By finding ways of improving their farming, we are also helping achieve a stable local supply of sugar – an ingredient that is also integral to our business,” said Winn Everhart, president and general manager of Coca-Cola Philippines .
Agos Ram Pump Turnover
A ceremonial turnover of the water access facility was recently conducted at Sitio Dama in La Castellana. Everhart, together with employees from Coca-Cola Philippines, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, and Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, joined La Castellana Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan.
Together with its implementing partner, the Alternative Indigenous Development Foundation, Inc (AIDFI), Coca-Cola Philippines is looking to complete five more Agos ram pumps for block farming communities. These will impact 759 hectares of land used for sugarcane and rice in Negros Occidental. More than 500 households will also benefit from this project.
Beneficiaries of the Agos Ram Pump
The Agos ram pump water access facilities will be set up in the following area by AIDFI:
- Sitio Cambuktot, Brgy. Mansalanao in La Castellana
- Hacienda Mercedes, Brgy. Ma-ao in Bago City
- Purok Talong, Brgy. Ilijan in Bago City
- Sitio Maninit, Brgy. San Isidro, in Toboso
- Sitio Tayao and Brgy. Camalanda-an in Cauayan.
Since 2012, Coca-Cola has constructed over 43 Agos ram pump facilities in Negros. These facilities provide water access to upland communities who live far from their water sources. “We continue to strive to return to the communities or the environment every drop of water that we use in producing beverages,” said Cecile Alcantara, president of Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines.
About the Agos Program
The Agos ram pump program of Coca-Cola is part of its global water stewardship initiative. It aims to safely return every drop of water the company uses in the production of its various beverages. This is helping the environment as well as the local communities.
Other water collection and access facilities made available by the Agos program include rainwater harvesting systems and gravity-fed installations.