Water supply in the Philippines
While 84.4% of families have access to safe water, around 56.9%of households do not treat their water. Substantial numbers of people suffer water scarcity and access to basic sanitation. They are at risk for water borne disease.
Corruption and the political culture have greatly diminished the government’s ability to deliver quality public services. One major problem is the fragmentation of structures, policies and programmes on safe water, sanitation and hygiene. Locally, the fragmentation manifests in terms of structures, policies and plans. Also, water policies and programs often exclude marginalized groups.
This joint programme builds on the experiences and gains of two previously implemented MDG-F programmes on on water and sanitation and on climate change adaptation. It seeks to empower citizens and communities with access to sustainable safe water and sanitation services.
It aims to:
There are 3 components to implementation:
Women and girls and their communities are the target claim holders. Social institutions for water and sanitation will facilitate community organization and ownership, and provide an effective guarantee for the sustainability of the project.
Approximately 2,000 households in 4 of the poorest provinces will be targeted. There will be 3 regional knowledge hubs created. In its second year, the programme will apply tested and refined solutions to other waterless municipalities in the other poorest provinces in the Philippines.