The Department of Agrarian Reform in Negros Occidental launched yesterday the community-managed potable water supply, sanitation and hygiene, a low-cost technology that guarantees continuous flow of clean water in rural communities in Brgy. Baga-as, Hinigaran town, Negros Occidental.
Lucresia Taberna Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer for Southern Negros, said Cpwash is a joint project of DAR and the Philippine Center for water and sanitation which began in 2007.
Taberna said DAR allotted P157,000 for this project, P50,000 of which was used for the purchase of sanitation facilities to be installed in existing water sources.
She said the facilities they gave are two biogas digesters, two iron removal filters, biosand filters and a rain water collector.
Aside from the distribution of these facilities, DAR will also conduct capability building to the recipients’ of the program who are mostly ARBs, Taberna said.
The technology works via gravitational force, with water being drawn by a spring box at the source of water, usually from elevated streams and springs, and channeled through pipes and into concrete jar-shaped water tank that is equipped with iron removal and bio sand filters, Taberna said.
Baga-as Captain Lemuel Ercilla said the program will be a big help to their community as it is expected to benefit 15 families.
He said potable water supply source is their major problem-noting that there were instances when their children had stomachaches after drinking directly from their faucets.*APN