Philippines: PRC observes World Water Day on 22 March
To reduce the impact of the rapid urban population growth, industrialization and uncertainties caused by climate change, conflicts and natural disasters on urban water cities, the Red Cross has installed various water projects benefiting a total of 32,790 pupils in 30 schools in Laguna, Pangasinan and Rizal.
The three provinces were among the worst hit areas by Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng in 2009.
In Laguna, a total of 12,369 elementary pupils in 11 schools are enjoying the benefits of 51 latrines constructed/ rehabilitated, 105 water taps and 2 water pumps installed.
In Pangasinan, 13 schools were provided with 47 latrines, 38 water taps and 15 water pumps, benefiting a total of 6,059 school children.
In Rizal, 14,362 students from six schools have been provided with 28 latrines, 22 water taps and four water pumps.
Apart from these IFRC-supported water and sanitation projects, there are also other similar PRC projects supported by its sister National Societies, like the Japanese Red Cross Society (JRCS) and the Spanish Red Cross (SRC).
In the Province of Quirino, the JRCS funded the spring development of four Water System Level II in Nagtipunan and another four in Aglipay where it also provided monetary assistance on the installation of 17 cylinder hand pumps.
Meanwhile, the SRC is currently in the process of helping the PRC in providing water facilities to selected areas in the provinces of Zambales and Pangasinan. Approximately, a total of 1,345 families are expected to benefit from this project.
Along with these, the PRC has enjoined all PRC chapters to take part in the promotion of safe water and water conservation by conducting water and sanitation related activities, and organizing community clean-up drives.