A healthy lifestyle is not complete without a clean toilet!
Manila Water Foundation and Philippine Bobbin Corporation officially turned over two communal toilet facilities at Barangay Muzon 1 and Muzon 2 in Rosario, Cavite, which aim to address open defecation in the area.
The Municipality of Rosario is composed of 20 barangays with a population of 25,855 households. Among these households, the two barangays with the highest count of toilet-less households are Barangay Muzon 1 and Barangay Muzon 2. The communal toilets hope to provide proper sanitation access to toilet-less households practicing open defecation in the said communities. The toilet facilities are built with five cubicles: two for females, two for males, and one for persons with disabilities. It comes with a standard septic tank for proper waste management , a handwashing facility, and provision for PWD access.
Conrad Abutin, Barangay Captain of Muzon 1, shared that the lack of sanitation facilities in the area affects the environment and health of their residents. “Maintaining cleanliness has been a challenge here in our area before. Most of the time, human excreta isn’t properly disposed of. That is why, whenever we do clean-up drives, 80% of what we get are human waste,” he said in Filipino. “Hopefully, our health problems will be minimized, especially from the Cluster E. We are grateful to PBC and MWF, as they were part of this solution,” he added.
During the turnover ceremony, MWF also installed facility signages, and distributed educational materials that would remind the users to practice proper hand hygiene and help prevent the spread of viruses causing COVID-19. Aside from the educational materials, MWF also brought three kilos of rice, and hygiene and sanitation packages containing hand soap, laundry detergents, sanitary pads, toothbrush, and toothpaste for 600 households in the two barangays. Sanitation products for toilet maintenance were also handed over to the LGUs of the two Barangays, who will serve as the facility caretakers.
PBC and MWF Partnership
PBC has been a staunch partner of the Foundation since its donations in 2016 for MWF’s Kabuhayan Para Sa Barangay (KPSB) program, which provided PhP100,000 interest-free loans to cooperatives. PBC was able to assist many cooperatives to reach their goals through their donation.
Emerson Pable, Human Resource Officer of PBC, said that they encourage their employees to be involved in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. “I am happy that our company was able to donate this kind of facility to those who need it the most,” he said in Filipino.
The efforts are under Manila Water Foundation’s program, Ahon Sanitasyon, an infrastructure development program of stand-alone sanitation facilities in low-income communities. With Ahon Sanitasyon, PBC is now helping toilet-less communities especially in this time of need.