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DAR gives cooperative potable water project

visayan dailyThe Department of Agrarian Reform–Negros Occidental II turned over its Community-Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene project to the Friends of the Highlands Producers Cooperative from Bago City recently at the R.M. Araneta Elementary School, a press release from Philippine Information Agency said.

The CPWASH project of DAR, in partnership with the Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation, was started in 2008 in Ivisan, Capiz to reduce the by number of people without access to safe drinking water and to improve sanitation, the press release said.

Ronald Gareza, DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer, 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 the project because Brgy. Mailum has problems with drinking water, especially in schools.

Bago City also showed willingness to counterpart with DAR through its 50,000 budget allocated for CPWASH, one of the criteria for the project, the press release said.

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, purchase distilled water in bottles to ensure that what they are drinking is safe.

Two households and a day care center (45 students and 1 teacher) now 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; and 2 households benefit from the single unit biogas digester, the press release said.

The PARA-engineers were also given certificates from the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority for completing 72 hours of training for the project, the press release added.*

Source: http://www.visayandailystar.com/2015/March/19/businessnews3.htm

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