Mayor Bihasa thanks NGOs for safe drinking water project in Baler
Mayor Nelianto “Pilot” Bihasa of Baler, Aurora has expressed gratitude to an international non-government organization and its partner agencies in the country for providing technology and training to ensure clean and safe drinking water for the municipality.
Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation ASSIST (ASSIST), through the SOURCe Philippines Project in coordination with Baler, conducted a training of Clean Water Advocates Tuesday, June 19, at Brgy. Buhangin Evacuation Center.
The local government said the event was attended by representatives from different barangays and various sectors.
“These advocates will be responsible for the maintenance of the LIfeStraw Community Filters and will be significant factors in the sustainability of the project in the municipality,” it said.
LifeStraw Community Filters was given to selected barangays, community centers and institutions through the SOURCe Philippines Project.
SOURCe Philippines is being implemented through a public private partnership (PPP) between DEG, Vestergaard, and ASSIST, which aims to prevent waterborne diseases posed by untreated water sources in climate-vulnerable areas through the provision of modern technology, training and capacity building.
The project is having its pilot run in the province of Aurora, specifically in the municipalities of San Luis, Baler, and Dingalan.
Bihasa said part of his advocacy is to raise awareness on the importance of clean and safe drinking water, and proper hygiene practices.
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