DOH bats for clean water, surroundings
By Venus May H. Sarmiento
Calasiao, Pangasinan (27 February) -- The Department of Health in the region embarked on an information campaign to resolve the perennial problems on safe water, solid waste management and toilets in the first Water and Sanitation meeting held at the Regency Hotel February 27.
DOH Regional Director Eduardo Janairo said the lack of solid waste management system, lack of inadequate and non-functional or defective water supply facilities as well as discharge of untreated wastewaters in rivers, shorelines and other bodies of water are some of the few specific problems besetting the province.
Janairo said these resulted not only in the contamination of bodies of water with e-coli in great magnitude but also in the increase of multiple organisms causing major diseases and outbreaks like cholera among others.
It is in this context, Janairo said, that the province should adopt measures to deliver adequate, safe reliable, accessible and affordable water services, provide basic sanitation facilities and measures to reduce the pollution of water sources which are necessary to create a healthy living environment.
The director specifically lauded the message of Governor Amado Espino.Jr. during his State of the Province Address early this month about upgrading the health conditions of Pangasinenses.
Espino, who was also present in the affair, underscored his administration's simple but necessary programs on health such as providing the basic needs of the public like potable water supply, waste management and prioritizing the needs of the province's 14 government hospitals.
The sanitation meeting also presented the environmental sustainability options for Pangasinan. DOH targeted three options: First, Increase access to sanitary toilet facilities by 100% by the end of 2009; second, Increase access to safe water by 100% by the end of 2011 based on the 19% household (97,333) without access and; third, all municipalities shall have established solid waste management system by the end of 2011.
Janairo said the funding mechanisms targeted for the environmental sustainability packages will involve the government, international organizations and the private sector. (PIA-Pangasinan) [top]