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DAR turns over CPWASH project to coop

piaNEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Mar. 17 (PIA6) – The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) – Negros Occidental II formally turned over their Community-Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH) project to the Friends of the Highlands Producers Cooperative (FHPC) from Bago City during a recent ceremony held at R.M. Araneta Elementary School.

The CPWASH project of DAR, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation (PCWS), was started in 2008 in Ivisan, Capiz to reduce the huge portion of people without access to safe drinking water and to improve sanitation.

DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer Ronald Gareza said the CPWASH project is composed of water sanitation facilities, namely: the bio-sand filter, iron removal filter, rain water collector and the bio-gas digester.

He said they chose FHPC as the beneficiary of their CPWASH project because the community of Brgy. Mailum is having problems with their drinking water, especially in schools.

Further, Bago City’s local government showed willingness to counterpart with DAR through their 50, 000 budget allocated for CPWASH, which is one of the criteria in the project.

FHPC chairman Rodel Cadigal said the project was prompted by the cases of diarrhea and the presence of e-coli in their water supply.

He said the people in the community, especially the students and teachers, would purchase distilled water in bottles to ensure that what they are drinking is safe. 

Now, they no longer buy bottles of distilled water because they can drink straight from the system, he added.

Currently, 2 households and a day care center (45 students and 1 teacher) make use of the bio-sand filters; 2 iron-removal filters are being used by R.M. Araneta Elementary School (451 students and 14 teachers) and FHCP; Rain water collectors are used by R.M. Araneta Elementary School, still, and 39 Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries (ARB’s); and 2 households benefit from the single unit biogas digester.     

The CPWASH project served as a form of training to 10 PARA-engineers so when the technology that was used will be handed over to them, they will know how to use it when other communities will replicate the project.

The PARA-engineers were also given certificates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) for completing 72 hours of training for the project. (JCM/CBA-PIA Negros Occ.)

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/2971426557048/dar-turns-over-cpwash-project-to-coop

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