Huge gap of water kits in ComVal, DavOr noted
By Carmencita A. Carillo
TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte, Feb. 14 (PIA) --The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has noted a huge gap in the distribution of water kits between the typhoon-Pablo affected municipalities in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.
Davao Oriental WASH Coordinator Burgess reported a gap of 5,985 water kits in the distribution of these materials in the province. Compostela Valley WASH Coordinator Jose Luis Diago however reported that in his area, there is a huge gap of 64,260 in the distribution of water kits.
“The gap in the distribution of the water kits was mostly in Baganga in Davao Oriental,” Burgess said, “while the gap in Compostela Valley is mostly in Laak, Diago said.
UNICEF’s Rory Villaluna said it was the Department of Health’s decision to focus the water kit distribution in the three municipalities of Baganga, Boston and Cateel in Davao Oriental and in the four municipalities of New Bataan, Compostela, Monkayo and Montevista in Compostela Valley.
The WASH Cluster noted that Laak alone is 16,000 so excluding it from the water kit distribution would narrow down the gap in the province.
“The partners can also consider this data for future distribution of the water kits—which means considering the gap and bringing the water kits to Compostela instead of Davao Oriental,” Vilaluna said.
She said most of the partners did not consider Laak a priority during their initial assessment which may be the reason for the bug gap. Another thing to consider, she added, is the fact that everyone chose to bring everything to Cateel and the duplication of water kits distribution in some areas in Baganga.
The WASH Cluster is faced with the challenge of bridging the gap in the water kits distribution in the two provinces in order to get the areas’ water situation back to pre-Pablo.
Despite the huge gap, the WASH Cluster has already achieved 45 percent of its target interventions including 88 percent achievement in the planned water distribution.
DOH Engineer Rex Labadia said that despite the gaps, there is as yet no diarrhea outbreak in the said provinces and while there are some cases, these were common even before the typhoon. He said they distributed Hyposol to the residents immediately after the typhoon which may be the reason why the people were able to disinfect their waters and avoided diarrhea. Added to that, he said, is the immediate response of the international partners through the WASH Cluster.(RGA/LAC/PIA XI)