The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned over community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene (CPWASH) Project to promote health care to members of BARBUEDA Development Cooperative in Gamu, Isabela.
Cagayan Regional Director Atty. Marjorie P. Ayson said the project composed of one (1) Biogas Digester, two (2) Iron Removal Filters (IRF) and 2 Biosand Filters amounting to P50,000.00 with the support of the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Gamu, Isabela.
Ayson said IRF and Biosand Filters are low-cost water supply technologies and sanitation systems designed for potable water supply for agrarian reform beneficiaries, their families and the community.
She added that the Biogas Digester is a sanitation facility that produces methane gas from livestock manure and human wastes and converts it to liquefied petroleum gas for cooking.
Municipal Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Marirose T. Camonayan of Gamu said 915 households in Gamu Agrarian Reform Community Cluster particularly in barangay Buenavista where BARBUEDADECO operates would benefit from this project.
"Selected members of the organization had undergone a nine-day on-site hands-on training for the proper construction and management of the WASH technologies which will serve as their livelihood enterprise," Camonayan added.
Alma D. Bueno, CPWASH Provincial Point-person said that BARBUEDA DECO is the fourth recipient of the project in the province and an increasing number of municipalities have expressed their desire to avail themselves of the technology in their respective areas.
Besides BARBUEDA DECO, Bueno said there are 2 organizations targeted for CPWASH Project for this year, one in the municipalities of Ramon and Benito Soliven, Isabela. (Maricon M. Israel)