A Single Drop for Safe Water, Inc. (ASDSW), the municipality of New Bataan, San Roque Water Service Association (SANROWASA) and the Latter-day Saints Charities signs Memorandum of Agreement for the construction of a Level III Water System in Compostela Valley.
On June 9, 2016, the four (4) parties signed a memorandum of agreement in Manila: Latter-day Saints Charities (LDSC) as the donor, A Single Drop for Safe Water (ASDSW), Inc. as project technical implementer in collaboration with the municipality of the New Bataan and the San Roque Water Service Association for the systems operation and maintenance. The project aims to benefit 2,360 households with 11,800 individuals in the relocation site for families affected by Typhoon Pablo in 2012 and will be implemented from July to October 2016.
LDSC is a non-profit domestic corporation while ASDSW is another non-profit organization specializing in Water, Sanitation and Hygiene. SANROWASA on the other hand is a local water service association which was previously trained and capacitated by ASDSW to manage a small water service operation.
New Bataan was among the municipalities heavily devastated by Typhoon Pablo in December 4, 2012. Two (2) Barangays namely Bgys. Andap and Cabinuangan, were severely damaged and affected families need to be relocated. ASDSW will strengthen and capacitate SANROWASA officials to formulate and put in place sustainability mechanism for this much bigger systems operation and maintenance. The MLGU, through its Municipal WaSH Task Force will serve as the oversight body for the project.
This project is the result of the Local Government Unit’s development planning for the Water and Sanitation sector and their implementation of governance structures to support WaSH within their recovery and development planning efforts. The project will be implemented for 4 months, from July to November, 2016.
UNICEF, being an active partner of the Government of the Philippines and civil society in achieving the Millennium Development Goals granted funds anew to A Single Drop for Safe Water to continue gains achieved in the provinces of Capiz, Sultan Kudarat, the ARMM Regional Hub in Mindanao and the National WaSH cluster. The new partners’ cooperation agreement focuses on institutionalizing the Phased Approach to Total Sanitation (PhATS) in these vulnerable regions and working with the ARMM Regional government in strengthening governance linkages, capacity and policy development, in conjunction with National government Agencies.
ASDSW has been working in central Mindanao since 2007 particularly in WaSH governance. Work in Capiz started in 2014. . Since then, governance situation in these provinces has significantly changed with the LGUs prioritizing WaSH, crafting their WaSH governance programs and providing funds for WaSH projects and activities.
Leveraging on WaSH gains from previous projects, ASDSW will continue to work in institutionalizing PhATS and assisting the LGUs to formulate strategic WaSH development programs to include WaSH in Schools and Child Development Centers, working with the Department of Education, attaining higher level of implementation for rural sanitation, working with the Department of Health for certification and verification of Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) barangays, while at the same time supporting capacity and policy development for LGUs in terms of governance, demand creation and supply side interventions for WaSH.
The Mindanao project will be implemented for 12 months and covers the municipalities of Lebak and Kalamansig in Sultan Kudarat. The project in Capiz will cover all the 16 municipalities and Roxas City, working from the municipal and the provincial level of governance and will be implemented for a period of 9 months.
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KORONADAL CITY (PIA) – More villages in Upi, Maguindanao, are set to benefit from several projects that could help alleviate poverty, and foster peace in the area.
Upi local government officials said these projects include access to potable water, day-care centers, and livelihood projects.
Noraida Chio, team leader of the A Single Drop of Safe Water (ASDSW) Cotabato office, announced recently that Upi town has been selected as a pilot site for a water sanitation and hygiene project to be funded by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), in partnership with the Maguindanao provincial and municipal governments.
Under the project, the clustered villages of Rempes, Ranao Pilayan, Bayabas, Kibleg, and Mirab, as well as Barangay Tinungkaan, will have access to clean sources of water – primarily to prevent outbreaks of water-borne diseases.
Besides Upi, the municipalities of Parang, and Sultan sa Barongis have also been included as pilot areas.
Chio explained that these villages were selected based on several criteria, including existence of governance, peace and order situation, accessibility, and presence of water-borne diseases based on previous assessment of local water sources.
Chio emphasized that the program believes that provision of clean and potable water in underprivileged communities could help boost efforts to achieve long-lasting peace.
Meanwhile, five other villages in Upi town will also have their own day-care centers, courtesy of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.
Social welfare officer III Marilou Diestro disclosed that the day-care centers will be built in the villages of Blensong, Kibleg, Sefegefen, Bugabungan, and Borongotan within 45 days.
Diestro said each day-care center that will be constructed in partnership with the Philippine Army’s Engineering Brigade based in Awang, Datu Odin Sinsuat, costs P617,000.
Last May 16, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Barangay Kibleg to signal the start of the construction of the facilities, which are seen to be of great help, especially in honing the minds of pre-school children in the identified areas.
Delivery of construction materials have already began for the other day-care centers.
Last May 17, a village assembly was held in Barangay Sefegefen to announce that a grant amounting to P1.5 million have been awarded to the municipality.
As this developed, municipal engineer Gerardo Cariño said the fund under the Municipal Block Grant through the ARMM Social Fund Project was given to the village as a result of the positive result in the monitoring of previous projects granted to them, and for the cooperation the village had shown in the implementation of their projects.
Cariño said the funding was part of a government loan from the World Bank in cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The fund and the projects, the municipal official said, will be managed by the Centro Sefegefen Farmers Association.
Survey on what specific projects this fund will be spent on is still being finalized, he added.
The village-wide assembly was also attended by Diestro, municipal local government operations officer Cicellia Pelobillo, municipal facilitator Cheruben Real, 4Ps municipal link Maureen Obina, and village officials led by Dominador Moendem.