CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – The Community-Managed Potable Water Supply and Hygiene Project (CPWASH) implemented by the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) in Misamis Occidental will be expanded to cover 10 additional municipalities for the year 2014.
The expansion program will include the municipalities of Jimenez, Calamba, Don Victoriano, Bonifacio, Clarin, Tudela, Sinacaban, Concepcion, Aloran, Lopez Jaena, Baliangao and Oroquieta City.
An orientation program for the ten municipalities was conducted on January 7, 2014 at the Naomis’ Botanical Garden, Ozamiz City. This was attended by municipal mayors, municipal engineers, people’s organization leaders and DAR Staff in the municipalities covered by the expansion program.
Norberto Quite of the Bureau of Agrarian Reform Beneficiaries Development of the DAR Central Office and the DAR-10 Regional and Misamis Occidental Provincial Program Beneficiaries Development Divisions facilitated the activity.
CPWASH was first implemented by DAR in 2008 in selected agrarian reform communities (ARCs). This was conceptualized to install low-cost water supply technology and sanitation systems that primarily address the requirements on safe, clean and potable water for the agrarian reform beneficiaries in the ARCs.
Water and sanitation facilities will be constructed in the different ARCs of the municipalities covered by the CPWASH expansion program. These include the construction of spring box collector, iron removal filters, rain water collector, biogas digester, and bios and filter.
CPWASH serves as a mechanism to raise the agrarian reform beneficiaries’ awareness and appreciation on the relationship of water, health and poverty as they are closely linked to each other. The project will augment the existing barangay water supply facility and will also improve the barangay health and sanitation program. (AVQuicoy/ERS, DAR-10/PIA)