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Typhoon Pablo WASH Cluster Response Bulletin # 2 – March 2013

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WASH Response for Typhoon Pablo victims

DO Governor Corazon Malanyaon extends support to major WASH Programme

On February 28th Rory Villaluna (National WASH Cluster Coordinator) met with the Governor of Davao Oriental Corazon N. Malanyaon and Provincial Health Office and the Municipal Sanitary Inspectors of Boston, Cateel and Baganga in the OCHA Coordination Hub, Cateel, Davao Oriental. The outcome of the meeting was extremely positive for the WASH Pablo Response in Davao Oriental.

Gov Malanyaon has authorised the appointment of a Provincial Sanitary Engineer to focus on WASH. Gov Malanyaon is also committed to providing toilets in every home as a project of the province. The target is 30,000 homes in total and to date there is a commitment for 20,000 houses to be covered.

During the meeting, the Governor announced that the DSWD commits to improve water supply in all their bunkhouses by installing hand-pumps. Gov Malanyaon further commits to sponsor the fuel supply for a water filtration unit for Barangay Alegria in Cateel, the source of potable water trucking, until an alternative water source is identified.

The Governor have strongly motivated the WASH front-liners by committing to fully support them. The Governor assured the group that sanitation will now be one of the flagship programs of the province. The issues of garbage collection and disposal and desludging have also been raised shall be further considered for action by the provincial government.