WASH seminar held

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Field Office VII held a series of Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) seminar. The latest was conducted recently in Lipayo Dauin, Negros Oriental. The WASH seminar carried out by the Sustainable Livelihood program (SLP), the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program and the Kapit-Bisig Laban sa Kahirapan- Comprehensive and Integrated Delivery of Social Services (KALAHI-CIDSS), brought together the Municipal Health Officers and workers and some partner beneficiaries of Kalahi-CIDSS, SLP and Pantawid Pamilya.

The three-day seminar encourages residents to use toilets for defecation. The DSWD initiated the WASH seminars to get people to act together in making their place clean and safe to live in.

During the Seminar, participants were sent to communities to observe and experience what it is really like to live in a place where human wastes are scattered in open areas, which makes people vulnerable to illness.
In 2013, DSWD conducted a survey of the Pantawid Pamilya households nationwide using the Social Welfare and Development Indicators (SWDI). The survey results show that there are 78,912 households nationwide who still have no toilets.

The DSWD’s campaign on Zero Open Defecation is participated by its core programs. Pantawid Pamilya led the campaign on Zero Open Defecation. In support to this effort, the SLP will conduct training on manufacturing toilet bowls, septic tanks and sawali and will provide starter kits or support during actual construction of toilets through building livelihood assistance (CBLA). The Kalahi-CIDDS also plays a very important role in this endeavo. It empowers communities to actively participate in the achievement of WASH’s goal of zero open defecation in 2016. ###