Over 50 million Filipinos – close to one-half of the population – don’t have access to toilets, according to the Department of Health (DOH).
The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that untreated human waste from poor sanitation has negative effects on the environment that can spread diseases and cause poor health and malnutrition, loss of income, decreased productivity and missed educational opportunities.
To accomplish this objective of universal access to toilets, the country needs some P30 billion yearly.
The DOH said that 50 million persons do not have access to “safely managed sanitation services,” and of these some 25 million have limited or unimproved toilets or nine at all.
The UNICEF said the Philippines should take note that lack of proper sanitation will worsen with climate change.