ILOILO – The provincial government’s P5-million sanitary toilet project is up for implementation following the completion of its program of works, according to Sanitary Inspector Thelma Baylon of the Provincial Health Office.
Baylon said they will soon present the project to Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. for scrutiny and for him to identify the priority beneficiaries.
Defensor earlier told the press that he does not want the project to fail by simply distributing the toilet to households concerned.
“I don’t want to repeat the mistakes in the past where the toilets were unused since the households who were supposed to benefit from the project don’t have the capacity to install it properly,” Defensor said.
“This time, we will provide not only the toilet but as well as the labour component and construction materials needed such as cement and steel bars,” he added.
Defensor said they will also make sure that the toilets are installed in strategic places for clustered beneficiaries or those living in the upland and island-barangays.
Records from the Provincial Health Office showed 69,173 out of 381,650 households (18 percent) inspected in 43 local government units in the province in 2012 have no access to sanitary toilets.
The towns with the most number of households without sanitary toilets are:
*Bingawan (54 percent of 2,989 households),
*Carles (50 percent of 12,981 households),
*San Rafael (49 percent of 3,264 households),
*Barotac Viejo (41 percent of 8,945 households),
*Estancia (38 percent of 9,497 households),
*San Dionisio (37 percent of 6,165 households),
*Balasan (37 percent of 6,586 households),
*Lemery (33 percent of 6,284 households),
*Lambunao (33 percent of 13,804 households), and
*Badiangan (32 percent of 5,535 households).
It also showed that only 11,468 or 1.98 percent of the total number of households in the province have sanitary toilets constructed from 2011 to 2012, thus the need for massive construction of sanitary toilets this year.
Baylon said access to sanitary toilets and increased awareness on other health and sanitation program of the province is direly needed for the prevention of waterborne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever, hepatitis A and dysentery. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)