DAR Turns Over Water Sanitation Facilities In Eastern Samar

dar web news pix 1 nov. 8 2013 400More than 100 farming households in Barangay San Francisco, Sulat, Eastern Samar are now guaranteed of a low-cost potable water supply as the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over the community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene (CP-WASH) project worth P130,000.00.

DAR, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation (PCWS), trained members of the San Francisco Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association on how to construct, operate, manage and maintain low-cost potable water and sanitation system that can be sustained by the community in the long run.

“We [at DAR] are pushing this project to make life a lot easier and enjoyable for agrarian reform communities, especially those in remote areas,” said DAR Regional Director Eliasem Castillo.

According to DAR Municipal Officer Remedios Ambal, the CP-WASH consists of biogas iron removal filter, to improve water quality and bio-sand filter to water of its impurities. This low-cost, indigenous-based materials and pro-poor technology seeks to improve potable water supply.dar web news pix 2 nov. 8 2013 400

Studies made by DAR showed that CP-WASH eliminates iron and bacteria present in most water-wells in the rural areas. “We found out that diseases like E.Coli, diarrhea, amoebiasis and dysentery are among common illnesses of farming folks that lack access to potable drinking water. The installation of CP-WASH and teaching the residents of proper hygiene and sanitation will help improve rural health,” said Ambal.

Under the project, the local government of Sulat shoulders the cost of construction materials, the San Francisco Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Association provides the laborers and indigenous materials and the PCWS takes care of the engineering technology through hands-on training and construction.

“Now that we have transferred the technology to the members of the San Francisco ARB Association, the LGU of Sulat can replicate the project to Sitio Kagiwkiw also in Barangay San Francisco and other barangays that are lacking in water supply,” added Castillo.