February 25, 2024

The City Government of Baguio, through Resolution 14-2024, commended and congratulated Saint Louis University for being the first university in the region to provide a free water refilling station for all its students, employees, and guests.

Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr., main author of the resolution, stated the water refilling station project of SLU is “worthy of praise and emulation” as it is aligned with the principle of ecological preservation and the ongoing global effort to combat climate change.

He said this “noble” project resonates with Pope Francis’ call of the second encyclical, Laudato Si’ (Praise Be to You, on care for our common home), particularly Goal No. 4 which advocates for the adoption of sustainable lifestyle by refraining from using plastic bottles.

This project, he added, is also in line with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, particularly Goal No. 3 (Good Health and Well-being), Goal No. 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation), and Goal No. 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities).

“This project will encourage students and even employees to bring their tumblers and refill water at the established refilling station instead of buying water in a plastic bottle, thus minimizing carbon footprints and helping save planet Earth,” he wrote in the resolution.

The blessing of the water refilling station took place on Nov. 28, 2023 through the leadership of Rev. Fr. Gilbert Sales, SLU president.

According to an article posted on the official website of SLU, the school has collaborated with KBWorld Trading Corp. for the project in its effort to strengthen its services to its stakeholders. 

“In a stride towards addressing one of the most fundamental needs, KBWorld has inaugurated a cutting-edge water refilling station on campus, which stands as a testament to its pledge of providing not just water but clean and potable water to every corner of SLU,” the article read. – Jordan G. Habbiling