CASTILLA, Sorsogon – Residents of Barangay Burabod heaved a sigh of relief after the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) turned over recently the newly constructed Community-managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH), a low-cost technology that provides potable water and promote proper hygiene.
Municipal Administrative Officer Ian Leona said the completion of the facilities is very timely for the upcoming summer when water in the area is running low. “Our local residents here will be at peace, knowing that they have sufficient potable water even during summer time,” she said shortly after the turnover ceremonies.
Sorsogon provincial agrarian reform officer Felix E. Fruto presided the simple rites held Monday at the barangay hall, and later saw him and some barangay officials taking turns in drinking the water, which they found odorless and taste good.
“Some 60 households made up of 1,400 out of the nearly 2,000 residents would benefit from the project,” Fruto said.
Also present during the turnover rites were Officers of Burabod Farmers’ Association and Barangay Water System Association (BAWASA), who expressed their gratitude to Fe Bailon, Provincial CPWASH Point Person; Anna Mae Ebuenga, technical assistant, Castilla town agrarian reform officer Rolando Brimon, and development facilitator Josefa Celeste Cariño by signing the Statement of Commitment.
Fruto advised local barangay officials and residents to take good care of the project, which also included biogas wastewater treatment system, a good substitute for liquefied petroleum gas for cooking, using animal waste as source of gas via decomposition process.
“Think that this project is yours, which will benefit not only your generation but even the next. So take care of it,” Fruto said even as he thanked other CARP implementing agencies, which contributed in one way or another to make this project a reality, and the Philippine Army for lending a hand in the construction of biogas facility.
The encouraging part about the project, Fruto said, is that local residents can do it by themselves now as they were given hands on trainings on how to do the low-cost technology where water from elevated streams and springs pass through pipes and into concrete water tank equipped with iron removal and bio sand filters to ensure constant flow of clean water.
“This is truly great! Aside from the knowledge we learned on how to do these things, we are can save hard-earned cash supposedly for LPG. Besides, it helps solve our problem about stinking animal messes, which can be loaded to a sealed tank that produces cooking gas,” said Barangay Burabod chairman Amado Mirandilla, Jr.