BALER, Aurora — Some 2,797 households in this province do not have toilet facilities as they run the risk of getting exposed to viruses, bacteria and other micro-organisms due to open defecation, according to a report from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
The DSWD report also showed that there are 741 households in the province that use open-pit latrines and defecate in the open such as in the fields, forests, bushes, bodies of water and other open spaces.
The same report showed that the third-class town of Dipaculao, with a population of 29,000, has the most number of households without toilets with 458, followed closely by Casiguran with 457 and Dingalan with 451.
Others towns with no toilets are 397 households in San Luis, 385 in Dilasag, 278 in Baler, 271 in Maria Aurora and 100 in Dinalungan.
The report was contained in the “Listahanan” program of the DSWD here in Central Luzon.
Gemma Gabuya, DSWD regional director, said the scheme, also known as the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTSPR), was established by the DSWD to target who and where the poor people are.
It serves as basis for selecting the beneficiaries of the government’s social protection program and services such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), among others.
Jessa Marzan, DSWD statistician, said Aurora province has 9,609 poor households of whom 4,679 have water-sealed toilet facilities and 1,353 with closed-pit facilities.
Meanwhile, Dipaculao Mayor Joanna Cabauatan-Salamanca said the municipal government will prioritize the acquisition of toilets so that the entire town will have zero backlog in such facilities. PNA-northboundasia.com