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DAR, NGO prepare Quezon ARC residents to construct community-based water, sanitation and hygiene facilities

Puerto Princesa City (19 February) -- The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) and the Philippine Center for Water and Sanitation (PCWS) have joined forces to conduct a nine-day hands-on construction and training on identified water and sanitation technologies under the auspices of Community-based Potable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Project for Agrarian Reform Communities (CPWASH for ARCs) which has commenced for full implementation in Barangay Panitian, Quezon, Palawan.

The ongoing activity scheduled February 17-25, 2010 is attended by selected DAR regional and provincial personnel, Quezon Municipal Planning Development Officer (MPDO) and Municipal Engineer, Panitian Barangay Captain, Barangay Council-Chairperson on Health Committee, Panitian Multipurpose Cooperative Chairman, Vice-Chairman and its Education Committee Chairperson and an assembly of mason, wielder and laborers from the area.

As per activity proposal, the training will serve as venue to farmers' cooperative operating in the area, local government unit and DAR as project partners to work together to acquire knowledge and skills in constructing the water and sanitation facilities and to prepare them for an enterprise management and replication of the project to other areas in the not-too-distant future.

The activity which is under the banner of CPWASH Project is set to address the lack of knowledge, awareness and appreciation of low-cost sanitation technologies among community residents as well as policy makers which in turn will encourage them to increase investments in sanitation and the development of enabling policies towards this end.

According to Provincial Agrarian Reform Officer (PARO) Conrado S. Guevarra, the implementation of the CPWASH Project in Bgy. Panitian is part of the delivery of basic social services for the residents within the ARCs as the DAR, its line agencies and partner entities are gearing towards a more intensified and a more responsive Program Beneficiaries Development under the CARPER.

He further said that the installation of water and hygiene facilities such as water systems and sanitary latrines is aimed at giving farmer-beneficiaries and ARC residents' access to the sanitation amenities that typically if not present are underprovided in rural areas. It addresses the need to make sanitation affordable to low-income households. Expanding the range of water supply and sanitation systems presented to communities and households provide them with more options and information.

Facilitators of the training and hands-on construction are CPWASH Project Engineer and a foreman both from PWCS. Joining them as facilitators are personnel from the Beneficiaries Development and Coordination Division (BDCD) of DAR-Palawan. (PIA) [top]

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