In time for World Toilet Day, Manila Water Foundation (MWF) headed to Sitio Monicayo in Barangay Calumpang, Mabalacat City, Pampanga to launch the Sanitation Phase of its Integrated WASH Program in the said community. 45 toilets with septic tanks will be constructed for toilet-less households in the Sitio before the year ends.
World Toilet Day celebration in Sitio Monicayo
On November 19, community members gathered at the Sitio's covered court to celebrate World Toilet Day. Mayor Cris Garbo of the City of Mabalacat City together with the City's council members graced the event.
Highlights of the event included the launch of the WASH jingle entitled "Bayang May Kalinga, Bayang Kay Sigla," the unveiling of the individual toilet design, and the distribution of certificates to community members.
After the program, participants received sanitation products from corporate partners, namely Gleam and Albatross Deodorizer of Philusa Corporation, Orocan, FamilyDOC, Healthy Family Purified Water, and Generika Drugstore.
Integrated WASH Program
MWF's Integrated WASH (Water Access, Sanitation, and Hygiene) Program is a participatory intervention that will result to access to clean and potable water and improvement on sanitation facilities and hygiene practices in the communities.
The Integrated WASH framework being implemented in Sitio Monicayo will serve as a benchmark for future WASH communities, including one in Barangay Sapang Uwak in Porac, Pampanga. In the years to come, MWF hopes to scale its Integrated WASH Program to other corners of the country—leaving no toilet-less and water-less community behind.
Partnerships for sanitation
The sanitation milestone for Sitio Monicayo will be made possible through the collaboration with partners, Clark Water, Clark Development Corporation, Holcim, and Mabalacat City Government.
This project is still open for partners and donors. Do you want to be part of this milestone? Contact MWF through our email address, [email protected] or through its social media accounts.