Members of the Regional Water and Sanitation Hubs are already being invited by other institutions to share about integrated safe water, sanitation and hygiene.

On 17 May 2017, Roy Nelson G. Layosa of Coalition for Bicol Development and a member of RHub V discussed the importance of integrating WaSH in their school improvement plans and activities during the Brigada Eskwela Symposium focused on the theme: “Isang DepEd, Isang Pamayanan, Isang Bayanihan Para sa Handa at Ligtas na Paaralan” at Sotero Mago Elementary School at Barangay Tanawan, Capalonga, Camarines Norte.

“The school is located in upland Capalonga. There is no water in the school. Or if there is, there is only a particular hour where water is available in their facilities. As a response to my presentation, the parents promised to build simple handwash facilities,” said Layosa.

“We will allot budget for the construction of makeshift handwash facilities, which will be part of the Brigada Eskwela,” according to Romlyn Netuliano Cea, Grade 1 Teacher, as she challenged the parents to reach for the three-star goal during her presentation on WaSH in Schools (WINS).

The three-star goal in WINS states that:

  • safe drinking water is provided for free for all children in the school at all times
  • the quality of water is tested more than once every calendar year in coordination with the relevant agency/office
  • regardless of source, water for cleaning is available on a daily basis in all school hours

“The parents have now understood and realized how critical it is to sacrifice a bit of time to fetch water for their children’s regular handwash practice,” added Layosa.

Capalonga, Camarines Norte is one of the Joint Programme’s project sites where implementation of WaSH project is done in an integrated manner.

Photos: Courtesy of Mr Roy Layosa