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North Cotabato villages receive low-cost water, sanitation facilities

piaKIDAPAWAN CITY, North Cotabato, Jan. 27  (PIA) —  In a bid  to improve  sanitation and  hygiene  in agrarian reform  communities , the  Department of Agrarian Reform  office  built  community-managed  potable water supply sanitation and hygiene (CPWASH)  projects in several  villages in the  province.

Marion Abella, provincial agrarian reform program officer II,  identified the  beneficiaries of the water, sanitation and facilities as  the villages of Allab, Balogo, and Tumbras under the Arakan Valley Special Agrarian Reform Community (ARC)  as well as the Capayuran, Upper Baguer and Balogo ARC and Tumbras ARC, respectively.

“DAR through the CPWASH project continues to provide ARCs with water and sanitation project that can be managed and sustained by the community,” Abella said.

“Through this low-cost WATSAN facility, we can continually improve the water supply and sanitation situation in the villages.”

Fe Jacinto of Balogo, Pigcawayan said that the CPWASH project  favors them because this provides  them about Php1,100  savings from  buying buying drinking water and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) monthly.

“It feels like we won a lottery jackpot having the CPWASH project in our community. The biogas digester which provides us fire for cooking cuts-off our expenses in buying LPG while the iron removal filters and bio-sand filters are two useful facilities which turn rain water and water from artesian well safe to drink,” Jacinto said.

Also, Jacinto shared  that  prior  to the  project  implementation  families had  to buy  purified water  at Php25 per  gallon because they were  reluctant of the potability of their  previous  water  supply.

“Every family who has an access to this facility in our community will save more or less Php350 per month. At present, there are 10 families benefiting from the project, especially to the water supply facility,” she said. 

Through the project, she added, they are  able  to contribute in the preservation of the environment by not throwing the piggery waste into the river and by not cutting trees for fuel.

Meanwhile, Mustafa Bituanan, regional CPWASH point person, encouraged the community and the local government units provided with CPWASH project to work together for the project sustainability.

“This is just a low-cost facility but very beneficial to the community. We hope for the replication of the project to other barangays of the municipality,” Bituanan said.

CPWASH Project is a tripartite development project of DAR in response to the goal of providing people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation.

DAR has provided the WATSAN Technology and technical assistance while the LGUs of Arakan, Pigcawayan, and Midsayap provided the construction materials and necessary labor requirements as their project counterparts. 

The project amounting to Php80,000 for Brgy. Allab and Php108,000 each for Brgys. Balogo and Tumbras include the provision of bio-gas digester, iron removal filters, rain water harvester, and bio-sand filters.

The project also includes the training of 30 para-engineers who also assisted in the construction and completion of the project.DEDoguiles-PIA 12  with report  from DAR North Cotabato) 

Source: http://news.pia.gov.ph/article/view/1611453858171/north-cotabato-villages-receive-low-cost-water-sanitation-facilities-

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