Philippine Red Cross observes World Water Day 2017

QUEZON CITY-- The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) joins the worldwide observance of World Water Day 2017, highlighting its commitment to proper allocation and use of water resources, as well as providing safe water to identified communities in the country. With this year's theme, Why waste water?, PRC continuously spreads awareness not only aboutpromoting hygiene and improving access to clean water and sanitation facilities, but about simple and basic strategies on re-using and reducing wastewater as well. To fulfill our commitment to deliver essential health care services, part of the PRC's Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) program is the provision of access to safe water and basic water facilities to different communities in the country, said PRC Chairman Richard Gordon. In 2016, PRC supported different priority areas to improve and provide basic water facilities, such as hand pump, spring development, rainwater harvester, school water system, and community water system, all of which greatly help residents, most of them living in poverty, in said areas. To date, the Red Cross has WASH resources in different regions in the country, which include 12 WASH hubs, 13 water tankers, 26 water treatment units, and 189 water bladders to provide safe water to the most vulnerable, said PRC Secretary General Oscar Palabyab. PRC also successfully provided 11,409,326 liters of safe water in six major operations in 2016. Different communities in the country were provided access to safe water during the following disasters: social disturbance in Surigao Del Sur, typhoon Nona in Northern Samar and Oriental Mindoro, El NiAo drought in Zamboanga City and General Santos City, increased diarrheal cases in Eastern Visayas, Typhoon Ferdie in Batanes, Typhoon Lawin in North Luzon, and Typhoon Nina in the Bicol Region. In the Philippines, only 10% of wastewater is treated while 58% of the groundwater is contaminated; and also only 5% of the total population is connected to a sewer network. In line with the World Water Day, all PRC chapters nationwide are taking part in the promotion of safe water and spreading of awareness of water conservation in their respective areas. PRC Health Services is one of the service arms of the PRC. It focuses on Water and Sanitation, Maternal and Child Health, Nutrition, HIV, Disaster Nursing, Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases Prevention and Control, Surveillance and Harm Reduction. To know more about re-using and reducing wastewater, as well as Tipid Tubig Tips, visit our websitewww.redcross.org.ph or like our Facebook page @PhilippineRedCross.

Source: Philippines Information Agency

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