SOME 50 informal settler families (ISFs) residing in Parola, Tondo, Manila became the first batch of beneficiaries of portable toilets under the ‘Kubeta Ko’ project, as Manila Mayor Isko Moreno called on the residents to put a stop to ‘open defecation’ saying it poses a great hazard to their very own health and safety especially amid the pandemic.
It can be recalled that Moreno had entered into an agreement with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for the launching of the said project, aimed at doing away with open defecation which adversely affects the Manila Bay and invites illnesses.
A viable, portable, container-based toilet technology was developed for the purpose. Under the agreement, portable toilets will be placed in Parola, Tondo to provide ‘dignified, temporary toilet facilities for informal settler families with the goal of “to immediately stop and minimize open defecation by ISFs into Manila Bay.
In leading the launch of the project yesterday, Moreno, himself a former squatter, cited how difficult it was growing up without the comfort of having a toilet.
The project is in line with the ongoing rehabilitation of the area, for which Moreno thanked the DENR, the Bill Gates Foundation and Maynilad. ANDI GARCIA
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