November 7, 2014
The National Secretariat for Social Action-Justice & Peace (NASSA)/Caritas Philippines has so far provided water systems for 961 families since the #REACHPhilippines program started this year.
This is apart from the sanitation facilities built for 3,608 households and 1,782 beneficiaries who participated in hygiene promotion trainings from April 1 to September 31 of this year.
The beneficiaries were selected from Super Typhoon Yolanda worst-hit areas, whose water access to potable water and sanitation have been paralyzed.
They are from the areas of Palo, Coron, Calbayog, Kalibo, Capiz, Cebu, Antique, Iloilo, and Borongan.
“I still cannot believe that we now have our own source of safe drinking water. We thought it was just an impossible dream,” Barangay Captain Ronnel Seroy of Tabangohay, Leyte said.
For the first year alone, NASSA/Caritas Philippines targets the construction of water systems to 8,335 households, provision of sanitation to 4,054 households, and promotion of hygiene use to 16,443 individuals.
NASSA/Caritas Philippines is the social action arm of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) that is currently focused in a three-year rehabilitation program for the survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda.
Jing Rey Henderson
Senior Communications Officer
(0905) 546-9977 / 525-1924