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New handwashing facilities for Pasig City, built under WASH in Pandemic, Safe Philippines campaigns

More handwashing facilities are built under Manila Water Foundation's WASH in Pandemic program, which aims to deliver immediate water access, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) interventions in the “new normal”—this time in Pasig City.

In partnership with P&G and Safeguard Philippines, Manila Water Foundation (MWF) turned over four new handwashing facilities to the City Government of Pasig on November 25. These were installed in high foot-traffic areas that provide essential services, namely the Rescue Emergency Disaster (RED) Training Center, Pasig City Mega Market, Pasig City Jail, and Manggahan Super Health Center. The project in Pasig City is supported by the Department of Health (DOH), City Government of Pasig, and Manila Water through its Pasig Business Area.

Pasig City WASH in Pandemic

IN PHOTO: (L-R) Melai Turingan-Paraiso of Manila Water Pasig Business Area, Mayor Vico Sotto of Pasig City , Dr. Beverly Ho of the DOH Health Promotion and Communication Services, Executive Director Reginald Andal of Manila Water Foundation, and Bryant Wong of Pasig City DRRMO

The WASH in Pandemic Program builds handwashing facilities in various locations in the country to reinforce hand hygiene practices that help protect against the spread of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. This is aligned with Safeguard’s Safe Philippines campaign, which aims to encourage Filipinos to adopt proper hand hygiene habits, including in essential public spaces.

The inauguration ceremony was graced by Mayor Vico Sotto of Pasig City, Dr. Beverly Ho of the Department of Health (DOH), Mr. Bryant Wong of Pasig City DRRMO,  and representatives from Manila Water Foundation and Manila Water - Pasig Business Area.

MWF hygiene kits

During the inauguration ceremony on November 25, MWF also turned over 1,000 gallons of drinking water to the City Government of Pasig, 300 pieces of hygiene kits, and deployed 300 food packs donated by offshore business process outsourcing and contact center company Teleperformance for the benefit of the families affected by Typhoon Ulysses. The donations were made possible through the League of Corporate Foundation (LCF)'s Committee on Disaster Resilience call for in-kind donations.

DOH also provided 200 pieces of Bida Solusyon hygiene kits.

Bida Solusyon Hygiene kits

"Hindi lang ito tungkol sa handwashing facility—tungkol din ito sa pagpapaalala sa mga mamamayan ng Pasig na kailangan lagi nating obserbahan ang mga health protocol kagaya ng paghuhugas ng mga kamay," said Mayor Sotto.

WASH in Pandemic
WASH in Pandemic Hygiene Facility

In the WASH in Pandemic Program, the handwashing facilities feature a “hybrid” design. This means that the users may turn on the faucets in two ways: via a lever that can be used by a hand or an elbow, or by using a foot pedal.

In further detail, there is a one-meter distance between faucets, to observe physical distancing. Children and persons with disabilities (PWDs) may be able to access the facility through a lowered sink.

Each facility is built with three faucets with soap containers and installed with signages about COVID-19 precautionary measures, proper handwashing, and the responsible use of water.

As of writing, DOH cites a total of 11,156 COVID-19 cases in Pasig City. This project aims to support the City's fight against the disease by promoting handwashing as the first line of defense against the spread of viruses.