By Mike de la Rama
LEGAZPI CITY (21 Dec. 2011) – Albay Governor Joey Salceda has ordered the deployment of the Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) Team to Cagayan de Oro, a mission to provide the victims of tropical storm Sendong with clean and potable drinking water.
Salceda said based on the ground assessment and localized consultation in coordination with the Office of Civil Defense in Bicol, the province will be dispatching a WASH team like the Isabela Mercy Mission “including our purifying machine with a capacity for 33,000 liters/hr.”
Salceda commended the Agencia Española de Cooperación Internacional para el Desarollo (AECID) for committing to significantly fund the operating expenses of the team.
WASH Team is being utilized by the provincial government of Albay and the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council during emergencies to provide immediate potable drinking water and other sanitation support to calamity victims.
WASH is part of the Minimum Initial Service Package that respond to the immediate needs of the dislocated families in a very minimum approach.
The local government of Cagayan De Oro and Iligan can also seek assistance from the United Nations Population Fund Agency (UNFPA) through the Minimum Initial Service Package that include the provision of kits for pregnant, lactating mothers, drugs, hygiene kits, and other medical supplies. (PNA)