UNICEF donates toilet bowls to Mt. Province
by Juliet Saley
BONTOC, Mt. Province (1 September) -- The provincial government in partnership with the United Nations Children's Fund(UNICEF) has acquired 6,366 toilet bowls for distribution to households without sanitary toilet yet.
This was through the initiative of Governor Maximo B. Dalog who made the request to Dr. Nicolas Alipui, Ambassador and representative of UNICEF, when he visited the province last February.
The 6,366 toilet bowls has a total cost of P2,291,760.
With these donated toilet bowls, the governor is confident that before the year ends, all households without sanitary toilet should have already constructed their own. This initiative is expected to address the proportion of households without sanitary toilet which is one indicator of poverty.
According to Engineer Jeronelio Orprecio of the Provincial Health Office, as of December 2006, there are still 6,290 households in the province without sanitary toilet despite the intensive campaign conducted by concerned agencies and the memo-order issued by Gov. Dalog to government employees and to local officials to construct their own sanitary toilet.
Data of households without sanitary toilets show that the municipality of Bontoc has 1,307; Bauko, 1,282; Paracelis, 998; Sadanga, 826; Natonin, 509; Sagada, 374; Tadian, 283; Sabangan, 249; Besao, 233 and Barlig, 229.
To make sure that the toilet bowls be properly installed, Dora Challongen, designated Provincial Poverty Reduction Coordinator, said a Memorandum of Agreement(MOA) will be entered into and executed by the Provincial Government of Mt. Province represented by Dalog and the municipal governments of the ten municipalities of the province represented by the Local Chief Executives.
In the MOA, the provincial government provides/allocates the free plastic toilet bowls to the different municipalities. It requires all Provincial Government Department heads to convince one household without sanitary toilet to construct their own, and for all provincial government employees to help in the sanitary toilet construction campaign. The provincial government also randomly validates the certificate of compliance through its Provincial Health Office.
For the municipal governments, they will distribute and supervise through the Municipal Health Office the installation of plastic toilet bowls, issue certificate of compliance of installed plastic toilet bowls, and submit to the Provincial Health Office certificate of compliance on a quarterly basis.
The municipal government also requires through its Municipal Engineering Office all new buildings to have a sanitary toilet before issuing Occupancy Permit to the owner and to take responsibility to see to it that all toilet bowls will be installed.
Distribution of plastic toilet bowls will be for "New Toilet Constructions only and not for repair". Each household will be given one only and this will be released only after a septic tank has already been constructed and after the Sanitary Inspector or health worker has inspected it and found it to be complying with sanitation standards. All recipients of plastic toilet bowl will also sign with the facility before the issuance of the toilet bowls. (PIA MP) [top]