Baliguian Island Water Project
Pronounced as “bali-jun” the Rotary club of Kapolei was awarded a grant from Rotary International to conduct and complete a solar-powered desalination system and sanitary bathrooms and wash facilities to the people of Baliguian Island, located in Iloilo province in the municipality of Concepcion.
We partnered with our sister club, Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo and the mayoral office of Mayor Dr. Raul Banias to finally see this project come to fruition.
Baliguian Island has about 900 people with 200 families. All of them have to travel 2 to 3 hours of rough open seas just to get fresh, clean water. It is a burden on them economically and socially because their only subsistence is fishing. So they have to trade and barter just for fresh, clean water.
Ground breaking was done in January of 2022. Marienne Vergara, chair of our International Projects Committee, and Virgil Vergara, was able to attend. Past President Rafael Certeza of Rotary Club of Metro Iloilo, and Mayor Raul Banias was there as part of the ceremony.
I built this page to showcase this project either in pictures and video. To show that Rotary can make a significant impact to a group of people, thousands of miles away on an isolated island that lacks water as their basic necessities.
Mahalo and Aloha!