The Joint Programme will utilize an integrated framework for delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Women and girls and their target communities are the target claim holders. The programme will be primarily operationalized at the LGU level (waterless municipalities), delivering safe water, sanitation and hygiene, guided by the principles of resiliency, integrity, access, empowerment, gender equality and rights based.
The delivery mechanism will utilize multi-stakeholder participation (civil society organizations, academe, community groups) and public-private partnership modalities. We will also establish an expanded spatial access not only at the household level but will also include health centers, schools, and public spaces such as markets, transport terminals and parks.
iWaSH Operational Framework
This operational framework is a milestone in the Joint Programm and sector collaboration among programme partners namely DILG, DOH, WHO, UNDP and UNICEF. The framework encourages complementation among programmes and projects based on the organizations’ respective mandates and identifies where each agency’s strengths and weaknesses lie in addressing WASH issues/concerns. Hence, it also enables each agency to contribute relevantly and with greater significance in terms of results.
For DILG, the framework translates to integrating the iWaSH infrastructure model in its Detailed Engineering Design and Feasibility Study, thereby, influencing the requirements of the SALINTUBIG Program to pursue an integrated WASH. DILG (water and sanitation) engineers were also oriented on the iWaSH Model and are now part of the team in implementing SALINTUBIG-funded WASH projects in PROWATER sites.
For UNICEF/DOH, the localization of the Community-Led Total Sanitation Programme and Introduction of Low Cost Sanitation Technologies (through partnership with WSP-World Bank) in the barangay sites will address the issues on open defecation practice and high building costs especially for household sanitation facilities.
The collaboration with its partners, Action Against Hunger (ACF International) and Relief International, will build on the current/on-going sanitation and hygiene interventions in Masbate such as towards Zero Open Defecation Certification in Municipalities of Milagros and Monreal by November/December 2016, introduction of child-friendly and inclusive design for WASH in schools and daycare centers, orientation and organization of Local Drinking Water Quality Monitoring Committees, among others.