Hello, we are from the government and we are here to help, Philippine style, Part One
In early September, we had a visit at the children’s home by a government official. He said that we had so many children that were using the bathroom facilities that a larger new septic tank had to be installed and we had a limited time to get it done. The new tank cost $550.00 USD for labor and materials.
We had known we were going to have to do something. Sometime back, the neighbor up the hillside had moved a lot of dirt for some building projects and it directed the water into the children’s home and the septic tank.
We built the low wall, that you can see in some of the pictures, around the property to keep out the excess water. It no longer flows through the house like it had previously, but it still enters into the septic and overloads it.
However, we know that there is additional work that needs done to the lines leading out from the tank to the leach field. That is a project that will have to wait until we can complete the purchase of property. The owner has offered to sell it to us for $5,500 USD. Once we purchase, we can finish some of the other projects that you see posted in the pictures.
He is willing to sell for a reduced price as he has some medical needs that he needs money to get these needs fixed. In the Philippines, cash is expected at the time medical services are rendered.
All in all, it wasn’t a bad experience, just one that cost us more than we really wanted to spend at that time.
In part two, we had contact with government officials that was surprising but pleasant.