City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr leads the start of Zero Open Defecation project at Brgy Buluangan, this city.   PB Helen Geopano during the Zero Open Defecation project at Brgy. Buluangan   City Mayor Gerardo P. Valmayor Jr. inspects the toilet during the ceremony last January 19, 2016 at Brgy. Buluangan.

At least 19 households who are beneficiaries of MDG-FACES benefited the Open Zero Defecation project of the local government of San Carlos City, Neg. Occ.

Said project launched was made, Jan. 19, 2016 at So. Lawis, Barangay Buluangan where the latest MDG-FACES project is being replicated.

With the slogan: “Malinis na kapaligiran tungo sa magandang kinabukasan,” the project aims to alleviate unhygienic practices of people especially children who just expel their wastes anywhere, in the bushes, waterways, seaside, etc.

City Mayor Gerardo Valmayor Jr. said that through said project each chosen household is provided with one hygienic toilet to sustain a clean, safe and healthy environment.

On the other hand, Sanitary Inspector Rey Marabillo of the City Health Office pointed out the importance of having a sanitary toilet not only on the health of the community but the expense it brought to the local government in tidying up the environment every year.

He said human wastes should be separated and away from human contact based on the studies that showed the harm a one gram of human waste can cause with the millions of bacteria, viruses and thousands of parasites it contains.

Marabillo also stressed out that it is a right of a child and family to have a sanitary toilet to avoid the risks and danger that lurks behind not having one at home.

Said project amounted to less than P3,000 (cost for the toilet bowl and drum for septic tank) for every household since beneficiaries were tasked to help in the construction of their toilets, said Engr. Jasper Lampute of the Engineering Department.

Local officials and members of MDG-FACES Core team present at said event were SP member Vicky Cabili, MDG-FACES Core team leader, SP member Jojo Baguioro, Punong Barangay Helen Geopano and Barangay Buluangan Kagawads, Administrative Officer Alexis Tugbo of City Health Office, Chief Nurse Cecille Flores of City Hospital, DRRM Officer Joe Recalex Alingasa Jr., 4Ps Coordinator Fria Quilianora, CPCDO staff Jonena Raganas, MDG-FACES beneficiaries and others.