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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.
Lupang Pangako, Zambales
Lupang Pangako is the final relocation site for the Aeta People of Belbel who have been displaced from their original homes made uninhabitable by the eruption of Mt Pinatubo in 1991. A Single Drop for SafeWater conducted a PODS training to create a community-based water organization to rehabilitate and maintain an existing deep well to pump water to tapstands around the community to provide better access to clean water.
ASD introduced the PML to the Lupang Pungako PODS so they can use the tests to test their various sources of water. ASD and the PODS went around the community testing water from water holes, rivers and the tap stands from the rehabilitated water system. To also support WASH Education, we also tested different circumstances where water can be recontaminated, e.g. storage containers, water transport, etc…
The Portable Microbiology Lab enables local people to test their water without expensive equipment or labs. Access to these tests have been a significant factor in providing proof that water is either contaminated or safe.
The power of this information strengthens hygiene education and promotes proper hygiene practices.
Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM)
The Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao is one of the poorest regions in the Philippines. ASDSW works with the local Water Service Associations, Municipal Water Task Forces and Community Service Organizations to provide them with the tools and outreach strategies to educate the community about their water. Here are some of the members testing their water!
And the results are in……three (3) out of the four (4) major water sources are contaminated. whew!!! Now the community knows which water sources are contaminated and just how dirty they are. This is the first step towards behavior change and implementation of viable interventions!