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  • Naseemah K. Tucal

Lack of Sanitary Toilet Facility

Health is a fundamental human right. This means that all individuals are entitled to have access to the different health care services offered, adequate housing, nutritious food, clean environment, safe working conditions, and many more factors to achieve the highest standard of health attainable. According to the World Health Organization, health is defined as a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. In order for this to be achieved, the Millennium Development Goals which included 8 target goals to be achieved by the year 2015 were created and implemented. Unfortunately, not all of the goals were met by the target year and thus, by September 2015 the 2030 Agenda for the Sustainable Development which includes 17 goals with 169 associated targets was formally approved and adopted by the United Nations General Assembly.

The sustainable development goal 6 is to ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all. One of the target of this goal is by the year 2030 to achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation. In order to achieve this one of the strategies needed to be implemented is by having sanitary toilet facilities to end the open defecation. In relation to this, one of the community health problem of Barangay Bag-ong Dalaguete is the lack of sanitary toilet facility. Only 71% out of the 97 households in the barangay have toilet facilities with water sealed latrines. This data is based from the primary survey which was conducted last January 2018 thru survey questionnaire and inspection of each households in the barangay. Having no toilet facility may indicate that open defecation still exists at the area which can make the environment un-conducive to live in for transmission of disease easily occurs. And to add to the problem only 82.10% from the total households have private toilet facilities. Results from the survey are herewith shown.

General Objective: To increase the number of households with toilet facility from 82.10% to 100 % in Barangay Bag-ong Dalaguete of Mahayag Municipality, Zamboanga Del Sur by the year 2019

Objective Cues:

Water Sealed Latrines: 71%

Antipolo Type Latrines: 24.6%

Bored Hole System:: 2.9%

Specific Objective 1: Increase the knowledge of the residents of Barangay Bag-ong Dalaguete on the importance of having a sanitary toilet facility


  1. Identification of households without toilet facilities

  2. Coordinate with the sanitary inspector for the aid in providing a short lecture on the types and importance of having a sanitary toilet facility, how it can help the residents of the barangay in terms of their health

  3. Conduct a community assembly for the discussion about the importance of toilet facilities

Specific Objective 2: Ensure the compliance of each household in Barangay Bag-ong Dalaguete to have a sanitary toilet facility


  1. Collaborate with the barangay officials to create an ordinance which states that there should be a sanitary toilet facility in every household

  2. Coordinate with the sanitary inspector and the local government to aid in providing materials for the construction of toilet facilities (e.g. ceramic toilet bowl, metal roof..etc).

  3. Collaborate with the residents of the barangay to build/create the floor and walls of the toilet facility utilizing the wood found in the barangay

Specific Objective 3: Ensure the maintenance of the sanitary toilet facilities in Barangay Bag-ong Dalaguete


  1. Coordinate with the purok leaders to form a group of residents from the same purok whose purpose is to check and record the maintenance, structure, and/or use of the toilet facilities in their puroks every two months

  2. Through the reports, repair any damage to the toilet facilities

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