by Mary Jun Decafe – Nicolasora
The iBoP Research Team, Mr. Alejandro Pongyan and Ms. Luisa Lee during their data gathering in Lupang Pangako.
Ms. Lee is posing with the women members of the Aeta Belbel Multi – Purpose Cooperative near their non functioning water system. The same women were members of the ad hoc women’s group that emerged during the WAter, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) orientation conducted by ASDSW in December, 2009. The WASH orientation was conducted as a response to the data gathered by the research team which told of numbers of death due to water – borne diseases. Other outputs related to this orientation were the acquisition of some community members of a 20L – water container and hyposol (chlorine – based disinfectant). Members of the women’s group were also tasked to advocate for the installation of a modified arborloo latrine per household in which by March of this year a total of 48 latrines were installed and from these, 30 were regularly used.
Because water – borne diseases were not just brought about by poor sanitation and hygiene practices but also because of the lack of clean and safe water source, another visit was conducted. This visit resulted to a signed agreement among other stakeholders – Office of the Department of Public Works and Highways – Iba (DPWH – IBA), Office of the Provincial Health (PHO), World Vision – Zambales, A Single Drop for Safe Water (ASDSW) and the community itself.
From this agreement, the community was able to access 157 more of 20L – water containers and hyposols from the Provincial Health Office under the leadership of Dr. Raulin A. Dadural and finally, clean and safe water from the DPWH, ASDSW and World Vision – Zambales under the leadership of Ms. Zenia Capiral and unwavering efforts of Ms. Vicky Layugan.
During the drilling in May. Drilling machine courtesy of the DPWH – Iba under the leadership of Engineer Herkules Manglicmot and Engineer Delfin Esposo who personally took charge in fulfilling their part of the agreement and more.
Finally, safe and clean water for Lupang Pangako!
Thru iBoP ASDSW has returned and addressed concerns of the Aeta community in Lupang Pangako.