Sanitary toilets up for implementation in Iloilo-A A +A
Thursday, September 5, 2013
THE Iloilo Provincial Government’s P5-million sanitary toilet project is already up for implementation following the completion of its program of works.
Sanitary Inspector Thelma Baylon, of the Provincial Health Office (PHO), said they will soon present the project to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. for scrutiny and to identify the priority beneficiaries.
She said there is a need for facilities and increased awareness on health and sanitation programs to prevent water-borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and dysentery.
Records from the PHO showed that in 2012, 69,173 out of 381,650 households (18 percent) in 43 local government units in the province have no access to sanitary toilets.
The towns with the most number of households without sanitary toilets are:
1. Bingawan (54 percent of 2,989 households)
2. Carles (50 percent of 12,981 households)
3. San Rafael (49 percent of 3,264 households)
4. Barotac Viejo (41 percent of 8,945 households)
5. Estancia (38 percent of 9,497 households)
6. San Dionisio (37 percent of 6,165 households)
7. Balasan (37 percent of 6,586 households)
8. Lemery (33 percent of 6,284 households)
9. Lambunao (33 percent of 13,804 households)
10 Badiangan (32 percent of 5,535 households)
Only 11,468 or 1.98 percent of the total number of households have sanitary toilets constructed from 2011 to 2012.
Earlier, Defensor said he does not want to repeat the past mistakes wherein toilets were unused because the beneficiaries don’t have the capacity to install them properly.
“This time, we will provide not only the toilet but as well as the labor component and construction materials needed such as cement and steel bars,” he said.
The toilets will be installed in strategic places for clustered beneficiaries and those living in the upland and island-barangays. (PR)