Dárlán Páléncìá Bárcélón
The local government of Oas, Albay together with Albay Provincial Health Office should adopt an doable Provincial Health and Sanitation Policy in drawing a a road map for water supply and sanitation in calling for zero-open defecation in all barangays.
Badian, Oas, Albay, [09.11.17] – The victim who died of diarrhea was already buried and the afflicted residents of Badian are slowly recovering their health with hope and smiles – but they still need supports and assistance to health services and access to safe drinking water.
Badian Punong Barangay Henry Monteveros has called on the local health officials of Oas and the Provincial Health Office for a continued support from their offices medical needs and clean water supply, particularly drinking water.
On Thursday [September 7] Montiveros told the Philippine Examiner in vernacular “Kaipwan nikan na barangay na matawan nin asistensiya sa tubig min bulong” The village needs to be provided with medicine and clean water.
Montiveros also admitted that the Oas Rural Health Unit had already distributed medicines to the patients, but still they need the support from the local government unit.
Albay Provincial Health Officials was quoted in a media interview that a laboratory results confirmed that diarrhea hit the residents of Badia due to amoebiasis, acute gastroenteroritis secondary to E. coli infection and intestinal parasitism.
In the same vein, Montiveros also revealed that his village is still waiting for the implementation of the water system project to be realized.
“The source was already identified and is located in Bogtong, a sub-village of Badian which was identified in 2016, but we are still waiting until the processing is fully completed. The project will be undertaken by the KALAHI-CIDDS,” Montiveros explained.
Barangay Badian is a coastal village of Oas, Albay with 2,877 populations and with 812 households.
The residents of Badian particularly Purok 3, has received an initial supply of safe drinking water on Thursday afternoon when a water sanitation truck had arrived.
The 12,000 liters of drinking water was rationed to the residents was sourced from Polangui, Albay.
As of posting time project, the announced deployment of filtering machine is yet to be deployed in the area.