The Joint Programme on Promoting Integrated Safe Water, Sanitation and Hygiene Access, Integrity, Empowerment, Rights and Resiliency (PRO-WATER) has conducted a series of trainings on the Introduction to Sanitation Concepts and Approaches in Regions V, VIII and IX last May, June and July, respectively.

This training, which is led and organized by UNICEF, is an introductory course conducted to members of the Regional Hubs participating in the implementation of the Joint Programme. They are expected to extend technical and management support in the formulation and implementation of the integrated water, sanitation and hygiene (iWaSH) projects in the target municipalities on said regions.

“Why do we want iWaSH to happen? Our vision, which will be validated by our partners, is to have healthy communities that have adequate and equitable access to water sanitation and that practice good hygiene. This is the vision for the 455 municipalities and 1353 waterless barangays,” National Programme Coordinator Jaime Antonio said in the Tacloban leg.

During the three-day training on each region, the participants have gained understanding on the basic concepts and key approaches to sanitation, as integrated with water and hygiene, and within the framework of gender, rights, disaster risk reduction-climate change adaptation and public-private partnership. They have also analysed the WASH situation in the PRO-WATER target sites and have assessed their own technical capacities on how to support WASH interventions and sanitation programming.


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The participants of the training are representatives from the state universities, civil society organizations/non-government organizations, water districts and local government units.