From a simple education campaign about groundwater contamination to the construction of toilet infrastructure, Manila Water Foundation's sanitation interventions for Sitio Monicayo is in full swing. The community's goal towards zero open defecation and a healthier lifestyle is beyond reach.
Towards Zero Open Defecation
"Kapag sa tabi-tabi lang po dumumi, maaaring mapunta po 'yung dumi na iyon sa iniinom naming tubig," Loretta Queddeng, a resident of Sitio Monicayo in Mabalacat City, Pampanga, shared. "Napagaan po 'yung buhay namin, ngayon meron na kaming sariling CR. Makakatulong po ito sa aming kalusugan," she added.
Loretta's family is only one among the 45 families who can now enjoy the convenience of having their own toilets.
On February 27, Manila Water Foundation (MWF), with its partners Clark Development Corporation, Clark Water Corporation, Holcim Philippines, and City Government of Mabalacat, Pampanga, officially turned over sanitation facilities to 45 toilet-less families. This is in line with its Integrated WASH Program, wherein a community undergoes water access, sanitation, and hygiene interventions throughout the program implementation. During the turnover ceremony, home care products from P&G Philippines were also distributed to the 45 families.
"Ang Mabalacat po ay nagpapasalamat dahil ito na po 'yung tugon sa mga pangarap namin na magkaroon ng malinis na tubig at palikuran dito sa Sitio Monicayo," quipped Dr. Clara Aquino of the Mabalacat City Health Office.
Addressing the community's water access and sanitation needs, this milestone draws a full circle on the WASH interventions in Sitio Monicayo. Moving forward, MWF hopes that the community will sustain its water source and continue to work towards zero open defecation that will help them live a healthier lifestyle.