THE low-cost water-supply technology and sanitation systems project of the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) is bringing clean drinking water in remote barangays in the countryside.
The community-managed potable water, sanitation and hygiene (CPWASH) project being implemented by the DAR provides water-borne disease-free water system to remote barangays whose residents are agrarian-reform beneficiaries with no access to water.
Many communities in rural areas still have no access to drinking water.
In 2011 the National Economic and Development Authority estimated that 15.73 million Filipinos do not have access to safe water supply.
To help agrarian-reform communities (ARCs) with no access to clean water, a CPWASH project was launched by the DAR in partnership with the local government of Tinambac, Camarines Sur. The project is expected to be completed and functional 10 days from construction commencement or sometime next month.
A memorandum of agreement highlighted the launching of the project, led by Camarines Sur Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Gay L. Labad, Tinambac Mayor Ruel T. Velarde, Pag-asa Farmers and Farmworkers Association (PFFA) Chairman Severino Barcillano, and Pag-asa Punong Barangay Salvador Bermillo.
Town Councilor Annie Cabral, Municipal Agrarian Reform Officer Romulo Caceres,Support Services Division Chief Benjar Romero, and other DAR personnel also witnessed the activity.
Labad said CPWASH primarily addresses the requirements of safe, clean and potable water for the agrarian-reform beneficiaries and other residents in ARCs.
“We are pushing this project, especially in remote areas where people lack potable drinking water,” Labad said, as she commended the Tinambac local government unit for its willingness to help the DAR in this project.
Labad added that the DAR provided the WATSAN Technology, while local governments and PFFA provided the construction materials and necessary labor requirements as their project counterparts, respectively.
The project, amounting to P230,000, will construct 23 water and sanitation facilities that include iron-removal filter, biogas digester, rainwater collector and bio-sand filters.
“The project is the fifth municipality in Camarines Sur II area where CPWASH will be implemented after Canaman, Sagñay, Caramoan and Garchitorena,” Labad said.
Velarde wants to adopt the project for other waterless communities in Tinambac.
Meanwhile, Edmundo Nacario, CPWASH pointman, said the rainwater collector and iron-removal filter will be constructed at Pag-asa Elementary School compound, while bio-sand filters will be provided to 20 households. Both facilities are useful in removing limestone sediments and turn rain water and water from artesian well safe to drink.
The biogas digester will collect waste from the piggery and other farm animals to produce methane gas, which could be used for cooking, he said.