The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) recently turned-over the Community-managed Potable Water Supply Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH) project in Kayapa, Nueva Vizcaya to provide potable water supply to far-flung communities in the said town.
Chief Agrarian Reform Program Officer Cherry N. Magno, said the CPWASH, with a total cost of P160,000.00, will provide clean water to the residents particulary to the children. The project will also supply water to help the livestock or swine raisers to minimize the outburst of an odorous smell in their neighborhood and provide a sufficient supply of methane gas for cooking activities.
“This project is composed of Iron Removal Filter, Bio-sand Filter, Biogas Digester and water collector, which is implemented through counter-parting scheme among the DAR, the local government unit (LGU) of Kayapa and the Saint Joseph Parish Multi-Purpose Cooperative,” Magno said.
Magno said the DAR provided P80,000.00 for the capability-building of the identified para-engineers, P50,000.00 as LGU’s counterpart, which was spent for the construction material while the cooperative contributed P30,000.00 for the labor cost.
“This is a good mechanism to promote health, sanitation and proper hygiene to the residents of the municipality. I hope other municipalities duplicate such low-cost project,” Magno said.
CPWASH was first implemented by DAR in 2008 in selected agrarian reform communities (ARCs). This was conceptualized to install low-cost water supply technology and sanitation systems that primarily address the requirements on safe, clean and potable water for the agrarian reform beneficiaries in the ARCs.