The delegation visiting HNU WATERSS Laboratory was headed by Mr. Sam Zappia, Counsellor for Development Cooperation of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID), representing the Australian Government, Mr. Rolando Tungpalan of NEDA, representing the Philippine government and Mr. David Swete Kelly representing PACAP. Also part of entourage were the staffs of the three different agencies mentioned, as well as representatives of other PACAP-assisted programs in the province. HNU–WATERSS was one of the seven (7) PACAP-funded projects visited by the delegation during its hectic two-day stay in Bohol.
The HNU welcoming party was headed by Fr. Francisco T. Estepa, SVD, University President, as well as the other Cabinet members Fr. Romeo P. Bancale, SVD and Fr. Manuel Sarabia, SVD. Also present to welcome the visitors were members of the HNU-WATERSS Implementing Team led by Engr. Juliet Espiritu.
During the ensuing open forum, the proponents were asked regarding the ability of the institution to sustain the project after the project duration and PACAP support end. Dr. Jemma J. Jay and Engr. Juliet Espiritu assured the visitors that this project will continue to operate and even grow in the years to come since the project has a long list of prospective clients who have already signified their intention to use the services offered by the Water Laboratory of WATERSS, also, the project is an income generating venture and has separate books of account that was set-up specifically to make it financially autonomous.
The program and visit ended at 8:30 in the evening with an atmosphere of optimism, with PACAP’s David Swete Kelley’s comment that “HNU WATERSS is a keystone in all the water programs introduced in Bohol” still ringing in the ears of the proponents.