The “Bayanihan sa Palikuran” Toilet Sanitation program is already in its evaluation phase. Based from the primary data gathered on October 2015, where there were 27 (20%) households identified practicing open defecation, 20 (15%) households use closed pit privy, 86 (65%) households use water-sealed toilet facility, the results of the interventions are praise-worthy.
The program was designed to use empowerment efforts rather than a total provision approach. It uses the voice of the health catalysts (the medical students) in making a difference. The strategy is to ‘make a sound’ using health promotional activities more than providing toilet bowls and constructional materials. A lot of the program’s strategies is focused on information campaign which included Day Care Kids’ Day, House to House Health Teaching, Mothers’ Class, Handwashing Day, Day Care Drawing Contest, NB Summer Camp 2k16, Toilet Recipients’ Meeting, Poster Making Contest (School Campaign), Declamation Contest (School Campaign), Mr. & Ms. Clean Earth 2016 (School Campaign), NB Bulletin board and posters. Nevertheless, the water-sealed toilet bowl provision was the center of the said program, with the prerequisite of having a septic tank prior to releasing of toilet bowls. As desired, the success of the program is through the efforts of the community people, and most importantly the barangay council through the leadership of the barangay captain. The council was the key to the success of the program where each member of the council played an important role throughout the program. The toilet request sent to the office of the provincial governor was personally pursued by our beloved barangay captain so the procurement toilet bowls were not lost to bureaucracy. The monitoring phase is personally conducted by all barangay kagawads through house-to-house ocular survey. To ensure sustainability, the evaluation phase is set to be a continuous process rather than just a one-time evaluation. And so far, results show that out of 47 households who received toilet bowls, 1 (1%) household still practices open defecation, 2 (2%) households still are not using water-sealed toilet facility. The monitoring team, named as ‘Toilet Troubleshooters”, has pledged its commitment towards ending the problem on lack of toilet sanitation and winning the battle is definitely within their reach.
Sitti Shalimar Tahir