The Joint Programme on PROWATER has a number of implementing partners, from international organizations to national government agencies, and local government units, among others, that commit to fulfill the Sustainable Development Goal 6: “ensure water and sanitation for all” to select municipalities in the country.
Among these implementing partners are the Regional Water and Sanitation Hubs (RHubs) composed of state universities, water districts, non-government organizations and civil society organizations. The RHubs have two main responsibilities:
- assist the government, particularly the Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) programs of the Department of Interior and Local Government, in preparing the “waterless” LGUs and communities to develop local projects in establishing, improving and expanding water and sanitation systems and facilities
- strengthen local governance on WASH in “waterless” LGUs and communities
On April 4-7, 2017, the RHUbs have proven its capacity on being the source of knowledge and information on WaSH by starting to lead the series of Results-based Municipal Water Supply, Sewerage, Sanitation Sector Planning (MW4SP) Workshop for the Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig para sa lahat (SALINTUBIG) and Bottom-up Budgeting (BUB) Program of DILG, which aims to mainstream the capacity building processes of the iWaSH approach.
The workshop also endeavors that the local issues and concerns of the sector will be deliberated, validated and acted upon with the participative stakeholders in the target communities towards a smooth and collaborative implementation of the SALINTUBIG and BUB Programs.
“This workshop is one of the best platforms in sharing our experiences and best practices. What’s good about it is that we already have experiences from the ground,” said Dr. Joseph Salvel Campiseño of Jose Rizal Memorial State University, designated Communications Officer of the RHub IX.
Dr. Campiseño is one of the lead facilitators, together with Veloun Perez from University of South Eastern Philippines and a member of the RHub XI, who conducts the training from all over the Philippines.
During the first workshop, ten local government units from Regions II, III and IV-A have sent their municipal planning officers, municipal engineers, municipal health officers and municipal DILG to participate and be acquainted on implementing the WASH programs using the iWaSH framework.
By facilitating these series of MW4SP workshops, the RHubs have fulfilled their functions in extending advice and guidance to waterless LGUs and communities on how to access water supply and sanitation services, in providing knowledge, information and expertise on WaSH and in capacitating and empowering the LGUs through training and innovative learning approaches.
“There is a plan to activate all the Regional Hubs in the Philippines,” according to Fe Crisilla M. Banluta, Programme Manager of the Joint Programme on PROWATER.
The MW4SP workshop has already been concluded in Region IV-B, MIMAROPA, Regions X and XI. It will be conducted until all regions in the Philippines have already been trained with the iWaSH approach.
The PROWATER’s Regional Water and Sanitation Hubs are composed of Jose Rizal Memorial State University, Zamboanga City Water District, Zamboanga-Basilan Integrated Development Alliance, Inc., Eastern Visayas State University, Metro Leyte Water District, Center for the Development of Sustainable Communities for Social Progress, Inc, Bicol University, Social Action Center and Coalition for Bicol Development.
Photos: Courtesy of Dr. Joseph Salvel Campiseño