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  • Kohleen Alessandra S. Belciña

Safe Water Promotion

In Barangay Bag-ong Dalaguete, majority of the households still have no access to safe water sources that adhere to microbiological standards set by the local Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and conform with the National Standard for Drinking Water (NSDW). Since majority draw their water directly from an untreated water source, it is imperative to emphasize the importance of water purification methods in the said barangay. Among the households who were interviewed, only 4% practice boiling of water before use, and the majority at 96% does not utilize any purification method at all.

On the 1stof December, the medical students headed by Kohleen gave a lecture on the importance of safe water and demonstrated the proper steps of boiling and SODIS. A corrective feedback mechanism through house-to-house visit was implemented afterwards to check whether the community was already practicing and if they are doing it correctly. Also, this method was used to know the factors why the majority wasn’t practicing any method at all in the start.

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