Laguna Water, in support of the Department of the Interior and Local Government Region IV-A initiatives on the Supreme Court Mandamus to clean up Manila Bay, held the Tamang Sanitasyon Equals Kalusugan, Kalinisan, at Kaunlaran ng Bayan (TSEK ng Bayan) program in Pangil, Laguna last May 5.
Divided into three parts (Mobile Lakbayan, Sanitation Solution, and Toka-Toka), TSEK ng Bayan is the company’s information, education, and communication (IEC) program and advocacy campaign on the importance of adequate sanitation. It aims to educate the public about wastewater—its relation to sanitation and its vast impacts on health and the environment, and to encourage the public to act for environmental sustainability and protection.
Through the Mobile Lakabyan, the more than 100 attendees learned about the water operations and wastewater treatment processes of Laguna Water. The company’s five-minute audiovisual presentation on its water trail was shown to support the discussion.
The Sanitation Solution was instrumental in making people realize how improper sanitation brings various challenges to the community. Shared during the session are the effects of sanitation on health and environment, along with the solutions and technologies Laguna Water can provide, such as sewage treatment, desludging services, and portable toilet solution, to make sanitation available and accessible to all.
The last part of the campaign was Toka-Toka, where the company encouraged the audience to help clean and protect the water systems in their town. Toka Toka presented the things one can do to ensure sustainability of natural resources. This includes proper segregation of garbage, desludging of septic tanks every five years, connecting to a sewer network, and educating the community about environmental responsiveness.
As a symbol of support to this initiative, the Local Government of Pangil signed a Toka-Toka Agreement with Laguna Water. Leading the ceremonial signing were Laguna Water Stakeholder Relations Manager Ana Martir, Pangil Mayor Oscar Rafanan, and Pangil Vice Mayor Alfredo Pajarillo.
In 2016, Laguna Water conducted IEC programs on wastewater in Laguna which established Toka Toka partnership with the municipality of Sta. Cruz and the cities of Calamba, Binan, Santa Rosa, and Cabuyao.
Laguna Water, in coordination with DILG IV-A, partners with the Local Government of Pangil in protecting the environment and ensuring pristine quality of their water systems. In photo: Laguna Water Stakeholder Relations Managers, Ana Martir (5th from left) and Dianne Marie Cunanan (6th from left); Pangil Mayor Oscar Rafanan (4th from right); and Pangil Vice Mayor Alfredo Pajarillo (3rd from right); representatives from DILG IV-A; and barangay chairpersons of Pangil.