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Residents of Baga-as, Hinigaran town have water at last

piaNEGROS OCCIDENTAL, Dec. 6 (PIA6) - - An agrarian reform community in Barangay Baga-as, Hinigaran town here will soon have access to a sanitized water through facilities and capacity building activities from the Department of Agrarian Reform and the Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation.

The Baga-as Agrarian Reform Association (BARA) has been identified recipient of the project by DAR when the department learned from Barangay Captain and BARA Chair Lemuel Erecilla of the need for potable water in the community.

Dubbed as the Community managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH), the project aims to provide the facilities and capabilities with potable water.

The total project cost is P157,000, of which P50,000 will cover for the facilities, P25,000 for livelihood and the rest for the capability building of the members of the association who are primary beneficiaries of the project.

The facilities include two units of iron-removal filter, two units bio-gass digester, 18 units bio-sand filter for every household and 1 unit rainwater collector.

For the expansion of the project, the local government of Hinigaran will also have a P50,000 counterpart fund.

Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer II Lucrecia Taberna said that the project is a tripartite agreement among parties, DAR, LGU and the community based organization which is the BARA.

“This is a pilot site for Negros Occidental and we will install in our agrarian reform community here a low-cost water technology and sanitation system to address the need for potable water in the area,” Taberna said.

Meanwhile, Escrilla said, schoolchildren who are mostly the children of agrarian reform beneficiaries would always complain of stomach ache and would go home because the water in the area is not potable.

“We would greatly benefit from the project and we thank DAR and the local government for the assistance,” Escrilla said.

CPWASH project started in 2007 and has since expanded in 59 provinces in the country with three provinces from Western Visayas including Capiz and Aklan.

Project implementation will range for six to eight months while the construction for the Baga-as project will commence on January 6, 2014.*(JCM/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)


Source:http://news.pia.gov.ph/index.php?article=1031386313337

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