NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, June 13 (PIA6) – – Adding on to the list of Community-Managed Potable Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene or CPWASH Projects, the Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) North launched another water sanitation project in Silay City.
Hacienda Pula Silay Agrarian Reform Cooperative, a project beneficiary will manage the project in order for the agrarian reform community in Barangay Capitan Ramon to have access to low-cost safe potable drinking water.
The project is seen to benefit 80 farmer members of the Hacienda Pula ARC including their families and neighboring farms.
DAR will provide for the technology and materials amounting to PhP50,000 while the cooperative will shoulder the cost of labor.
DAR Provincial Agrarian Reform Program Officer I Milagros Flores said that the technology is so simple and materials are accessible that one can replicate it in their own homes.
“This project may be deemed small but its impact is huge,” Flores added.
To date, DAR North has now turned over a total of three water sanitation facilities to farmer-cooperatives namely: Dalayapan Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Cadiz City, Mirasol Development Corporation Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Sagay City and Hacienda Anita Agrarian Reform Cooperative in Escalante City.
CPWASH technology has benefitted more or less a total of 300 families in northern Negros.
Meanwhile, Executive Assistant IV Edgardo Billones challenged the members to widen their perspective and venture out on crops other than sugarcane.
“It’s about time that you regard yourselves as farmer-entrepreneurs rather than just plain farm-workers. “Kamu ang haligi sang katilingban (You are the foundation of your community). The producer of food,” Billones added. (LTP/EAD-PIA6 Negros Occidental)
Source: PIA Feed