BAGUIO CITY – improvement of sanitation in the treatment of human waste and garbage will surely ensure protection of city’s sources of drinking water.
Recognizing the impact of sanitation on public health, poverty reduction, economic and social development and its impact on the environment, the UN General Assembly declared 2008 as International Year of Sanitation (IYS).
The objective is to raise awareness and accelerate progress towards the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) targeted in reducing the number of people without access to safe drinking water and sanitation.
The Department of Health (DOH) as the lead agency in celebrating IYS conceptualized the National Search for Barangays with the Best Sanitation Practices (NSBBSP).
The search is intended to encourage all Local Government Units to showcase their best practices on sanitation specifically on water supply, sanitary toilet facilities and other local initiatives related to environmental sanitation.
Recently, mayor Reinaldo Bautista, Jr. signed Administrative Order 25 series of 2010 creating the City’s Technical Working Group(CTWG) which would select the city’s nominee for NSBBSP.
The CTWG is composed of Dr. Florence Reyes – Baguio City Health Officer, Dr. Rowena Galpo-Asst. City Health Officer, Engr. Candido Delos Reyes-Sanitation Division Chief, Engr. Gaudencio Tiwing-representative of the DOH-CHD-CAR, Dr. Nelson Hora-Medical Officer-HSO and Elvira Flora-HSO, HEPO.
Its main function is to disseminate information regarding the NSBBSP to the barangays, evaluate each nominee submitted by the different health centers, conduct on site random validation of households and facilities and submit the nomination forms of 2 selected barangays to the Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG).
All barangays who achieve at least 75% sanitary toilet coverage and 85% water supply coverage at the time of the search is qualified to join.
Additional criteria for exemplary sanitation initiatives to include wastewater management, solid waste management, clean and green, legislative support and community participation will also be considered.
Winning barangays will be given plaques of recognition and cash incentives for achieving best sanitation practices in their respective areas.
From the selected ten regional winners, CHD CAR headed by Dir. Myrna Cabotaje will endorse the top 2 winners to DOH Central Office as entry to the National Search.
The DOH is committed to continue the annual conduct of search which has received positive outcome and commendations from different sectors of the community.
With the implementation of this activity and similar sanitation and environmental awareness programs and active participation of the community, diarrhea and other water-borne diseases widespread during these times could be prevented.***paul rillorta