Maradeca wants community water systems repaired, maintained after devastating typhoons

June 25, 2014 // Leave a Comment

the devastating typhoons in the last two years – made much more worse for an unprepared Mindanao – has raised concern on the issue of potable water especially for the interior areas of Mindanao, where water is a scarce commodity. In Lanao del Sur, clean drinking water has been partially addressed with the few and scattered community initiatives to install affordable infrastructure to serve the needs of a small community. But the typhoons Sendong in December 2012 and Pablo in December 2013 wrought varying degrees of damage or distortions to parts of the infrastructure that led the Maranao People Development Center (MARADECA) Inc to make a round of inspection on these community structures and evaluate the level of needs. In the month of May, it has conducted series of on Operation and Maintenance to the beneficiaries of the Water and Sanitation Hygiene (WASH) facilities in the populations most affected by Typhoon Sendong and Pablo in Barangay. Bubong and Brgy. Pualas in the Municipality of Buadipuso Buntong and Brgy. Pagayawan and Brgy. Bualan Manas in the Municipality of Bubong. A total of 168 participants attended the trainings on May 4-29 this year. The activity trained the community residents on the maintenance of the WASH construction projects particularly on water system, latrines and bathing cubicles in their respective areas. Committees and policies were also created to sustain and maintain the said facilities. Ms. Jamalia Baulo, MARADECA’s community sustainable development coordinator facilitated the training that was designed “to ensure that participants were able to understand their duties and responsibilities towards the constructed project”. She emphasized that “this is your project, not ours, you must maintain the given facilities so that it will sustain and be maximized by all including your children“. The objective of the original water and sanitation system project was to improve living conditions of the affected communities through providing WASH facilities. “These trainings help us fully understand the importance of sustaining the given projects through proper maintenance and operation. “ said by one the participants during the training. The beneficiaries of the facilities are flood prone areas and places with no access to safe and potable drinking water.