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Low-cost communal water and sanitation project turned over in Tublay

by SC Aro

La Trinidad, Benguet (1 May) -- A low-cost water and sanitation project utilizing a relatively new technology called ferro-cement that requires lesser materials but makes durable structure, is now in the province.

The Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) introduced the Community Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (CPWASH) project in one of its Agrarian Reform Communities(ARC) in Tublay, Benguet.

A showcase of the CPWASH project was turned-over last April 26 to the Sayangan-Aduyon Multi-Purpose Cooperative (SAMPC) which undertook the project. Its component facilities include spring box to convey water from the source, standpipe water tanks, bio-gas digester and bio-sand filter.

Recognizing the practicality, low-cost budget and other attributions of the project, Governor Nestor Fongwan,who graced the occasion, mentioned the possibility of replicating this in the entire province. This is in line with the access of potable water as priority project of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo which is now being implemented by local government units and DAR.

According to DAR- Benguet Information Officer Leticia Laogan, Fongwan said he will be sending an engineer from the Provincial Engineering Office to study the project.

Fongwan suggested that hog raising, which is commonly practiced as backyard income generating project, be paralleled with the bio-gas digester. The bio-gas digester feeds on human and animal waste including kitchen waste to produce methane gas.

Instead of depleting "saleng" (pinewood) or buying commercial gas, the bio-digester is a good alternative as fuel which helps in mitigating climate change, he noted.

The bio-sand filter adopts the concept of water filtration utilizing graduating sizes of pebbles and making use of synthetic cloth to filter bacteria to generate potable water.

Tublay Mayor Ruben Paoad stressed that the project should be self-sustaining so that it will be used and maintained for the succeeding years.

Paoad was the first to adopt the technology giving a counterpart of P80,000.00 for materials and DAR-Benguet allotted P85,000.00 for the project. SAMPC provided labor counterpart. The project was completed within 12 days through the help of the community. (PIA-Benguet) [top]

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