Drops of hope: Improving water supply and sanitation in Kalilangan
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with the support of its partner, the Philippine Red Cross (PRC), carried out an array of projects aimed at improving the supply and quality of drinking water in the puroks (districts) of Poblacion, Unayan and Tamanan. The ICRC officially handed over the completed water supply systems to community leaders at the three sites today.
Residents of Purok Poblacion, for example, now have access to water 24/7. Major repairs were also done to the chamber that holds the spring water, thus improving the quality of supply.
Community members earned a living while working on the project in their puroks. They were provided with tools, training and technical support. Besides that, the ICRC has trained members of the local communities and donated some spare parts to ensure the upkeep and maintenance of the projects.
The upgraded water infrastructure is also set to improve the sanitary conditions in the area. In Poblacion and Unayan, the public toilet blocks built in 2021 by another organization are now connected to the water source and can finally be used by the residents. The PRC is also conducting a Participatory Hygiene and Sanitation Transformation programme in the three puroks.