|CAPS Conducts Training on Sustainable Sanitation for Sanitarians|
Thirty Sanitary Inspectors (SI) of La Union participated in a Training Course on Sustainable Sanitation designed and conducted by CAPS last 14-18 February 2011. Held at the U.P. Balai Kalinaw, the training was supported by the Province of La Union and the Integrated Support for Sustainable Urban Environment -2 (ISSUE2) Programme of the WASTE – advisers on development and urban development – from The Netherlands.
The SIs who have not had training in sanitation since undertaking their tasks were thankful of the opportunity to learn about sustainable sanitation. Included in their training course were four (4) substantive topics – Sustainable Sanitation Concepts; Sanitation Laws, Regulations and Practices; Excreta and Sewage Management; and Emergency Sanitation. Three (3) mandatory topics were include – Introduction to Sustainable Sanitation Systems and Technologies; Inspection Protocol; and, Environmental Communication and Professional Ethics.
Experts from CAPS and from the Philippine Ecosan Network (PEN), namely, Dan Lapid, Rory Villaluna, Atty. Mario Maderazo, Engr. Melissa Sapdoy, Leo de Castro and Lilia Casanova, served as Resource Persons/Lecturers. A veteran SI from theProvincial Government of La Union, Igmedio ‘Jun’ Hidalgo, made the presentation on “Inspection Protocol”.
A Study Tour to the facilities of the Manila Water Company, Inc. (MWCI) in Quezon City was also organized for the participants to augment their learning experience. Participants were given a briefing on the policies and programs of MWCI. After the briefing, they were brought to MWCI’s water impounding facility in La Mesa and to one of their wastewater management and septage management facilities in Quezon City. In the afternoon, the participants went to the BNS-BORDA DEWATS for V.R. Abattoir at Sumulong, Antipolo City showing the use of a biogas digester, anaerobic baffled reactor, and planted gravel filters to treat wastewater in a slaughterhouse. The Study Tour showed the participants the value of connecting sanitation with water supply, i.e., that in order to protect potable water and ensure its quality for human consumption; sanitation has to be maintained to the highest level.
During the integration workshop, participants were asked to prepare a 6-month Work Plan (April – September 2011) to follow-through the lessons learned when they get back to their work places. Dr. Hector Beñas, the Provincial Health Officer, who joined the Study Tour part and gave the Closing Remarks, was requested to assist CAPS in the monitoring of the implementation of the Work Plans.
The entire training was facilitated and managed by Lilia Casanova, Dan Lapid and Leo de Castro. Nancy Pilien, Julian Doczi, Des Alagna and Doris Salvino , all of CAPS, provided valuable secretariat and administrative support.#