Errol Abada Gatumbato

Aid Foundation’s ram pump makes it at the BBC World Challenge

BY: ERROL A. GATUMBATO

The official entry of the Aid Foundation to the BCC World Challenge is recognized through this photo*

The hydraulic ram pump project of the Aid Foundation in Negros Occidental is now getting international prominence and recognition with its inclusion as one of the 12 finalists in the 2010 World Challenge Completion. Now on its 6th year, this competition, hosted by the BBC World News and Newsweek, in cooperation with Shell, is aimed in finding projects or small businesses around the world that have shown enterprise and innovation at grassroots levels. The World Challenge is also about championing and rewarding projects and businesses, which really make a difference. The entry of Aid Foundation in this competition is titled “The Only Way is Up”, which clearly describes the ram pump technology.

According to Aid Foundation, “the hydraulic ram pump is a device that pumps water up to high

The ram pump technology*

 elevation through the use of energy contained in falling water passing through it”. Although it is already an old technology, the huge potentials of the ram pump have never been maximized because old models are hard to acquire and some with inferior quality.  Through the innovation of Aid Foundation, a perfect model was developed and installed in 170 villages across the Philippines.

The development of this technology was motivated by Aid Foundation’s realization that water is a vital need for drinking and irrigation in upland communities. However, Aid is not only focusing on technology installation but it also mainstreams community development activities, such as capacity building, formation of water associations, and watershed rehabilitation, in areas where the ram pump shall be installed. Approximately, more than 50,000 people have already benefitted from the technology, the Aid claimed on its nomination paper in the World Challenge.

Watershed development is integrated with the ram pump installation*

Through the years, the nine different sizes of ram pumps developed by Aid has captured the interest of both government and non-government institutions and has been taken into international levels through technology transfer with other countries, such as Holland, France, Afghanistan, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Peru, Malaysia, Japan, Nepal, and USA. In Afghanistan, the technology has been fully transferred and where the model is now being produced and installed. The growing demand of the technology has further encouraged the Aid Foundation in developing bigger sizes of ram pumps for irrigation purposes.

To compete with the market, the Aid has developed a working miniature model of its technology, which is being used in promotional activities here and abroad.  A Techno Park, featuring the various ram pump models, is also installed at the office of Aid Foundation in Bacolod City. This initiative has already gained local and international awards, like the Ashden Awards, Energy Globe and recognition from former US President Bill Clinton.

The World Challenge is an online voting competition at http://www.theworldchallenge.co.uk.  The voting shall run from September 27 to November 12 this year, while the winner and two runners up shall be announced in an awarding ceremony in the Netherlands, which shall also be broadcasted in BBC on December 4, 2010.  The profiles of the winners shall also appear in the December 21, 2010 issue of the Newsweek.

Competing with Aid Foundation in the World Challenge is the other entry from the Philippines known as the “Growth Cycle”. The Growth Cycle is about the invention of a bamboo bicycle frame by high-end bicycle designer Craig Calfee. The bike is now available in the Philippines and it is now being considered for export in Europe and USA.

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20 Comments »

  1. Can you please supplu me with the information on how you build your ram pumps, want to implement it in South Africa.

    Comment by kobus | September 30, 2010 | Reply

    • I already referred your inquiry to the Aid Foundation, including your email address. I hope Aid will get in touch with you. Thanks for visiting my site.

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | October 20, 2010 | Reply

  2. Thank you for your hard work towards protecting our environment. I am proud to be a Negrosanon! Please continue your good deeds towards helping our environment and our people. God bless! xxxx

    Comment by beth | October 19, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for the comment…

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | October 20, 2010 | Reply

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  5. Hi, po! This is a very nice article. :)
    Hope I’m not too late to cast my vote. Wrote my entry on this just today:

    http://pachuvachuva.wordpress.com/2010/11/11/vote-for-the-philippines-in-the-2010-bbc-world-challenge/

    However, I have a question. The BBC World Challenge lists the “Growth Cycle” under Zambia. But you wrote here that it’s another entry from the Philippines. How is this?

    Comment by pachuvachuva | November 11, 2010 | Reply

    • Thank you for posting the world challenge voting link. Thanks too for visiting my site.

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | November 11, 2010 | Reply

      • You’re welcome po. Basta anything Pinoy that is interesting, I post it eh. ^_^

        Comment by pachuvachuva | November 11, 2010

    • The growth cycle was earlier listed as Philippine entry but was later changed to Zambia…

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | November 11, 2010 | Reply

      • Ahh. Kaya pala. Thanks for the information. :)

        Comment by pachuvachuva | November 11, 2010

  6. hi everyone,
    i’ve seen this yesterday on BBC world service and become deeply interested.I think we can do a lot with it here in Ethiopia.Can i get the detailed design and specification for the pumps pls.

    Comment by biruk | November 13, 2010 | Reply

    • Thanks for visiting my site. I will forward your inquiry to the Aid Foundation.

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | November 14, 2010 | Reply

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  8. Can we buy a RAM PUMP from you?

    Comment by len faustino | April 25, 2011 | Reply

    • Thanks fr visiting my site… Please check at the website of Aid Foundation should you wish to buy the ram pump. With best wishes…

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | April 28, 2011 | Reply

  9. Thanks to AID Foundation. You have provided the indigenious people here in Philippines with sustainable programs and technology. They can now enjoy a better quality of living.

    Comment by Ailene | August 2, 2011 | Reply

  10. is there any one in India who can guide me to construct hydraulic ram pump

    Comment by Basanna. H.R. | December 26, 2012 | Reply

  11. hello sir.. am extremely interested with the ram pump coz i badly need water for agricutlura purposes.. can u pls send contact number of AID FOUNDATION or anyone whom I can talk to regarding the pump… tnx mxhl

    Comment by edward | April 25, 2013 | Reply

    • Hi! Please search in the internet the website of Aid Foundation. Thanks!

      Comment by Errol Abada Gatumbato | July 5, 2013 | Reply


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