Indigenous peoples (IP) of Sitio Magtunao, Barangay Culandanum, Bataraza pose for a photo after receiving their toilet pans from the SDMP of RTNMC. (Photo courtesy of RTNMC)

Thirty nine households are set to receive additional toilet pans for each family of Sitio Magtunao, Barangay Culandanum in Bataraza to encourage proper hygiene and help prevent cases of diarrhea in community.
Community organizer Vanessa Apilan said Thursday that the turn over of 39 toilet pans are Phase 2 after Rio Tuba Nickel Mining Corporation (RTNMC) had given inital 30 toilet bowls for the community on July 31.
“Karamihan kasi sa mga IP, wala silang pribadong CR (comfort room) kaya tumulong din kami na mabigyan sila para na rin sa kalusugan. First time nila ngayon na mabigyan nito,” she said.

Women of Sitio Magtunao, Culandanum, Bataraza carry their families’ toilet pans on their way home. They were distributed from the SDMP of the RTNMC to prevent more diarrhea cases in their community. (Photo courtesy of RTNMC)

The distribution of toilet pans, also called squat latrines, is part of the health program allotted from the Social Development and Management Program (SDMP).

Apilan said that before their distribution, the community relations together with medical professionals from Department of Health (DOH) had initially conducted information and education campaign to inform the community on the importance of proper comfort room.

She said that the area has also high cases of diarrhea due to absence of potable water.

“Mataas din ang cases ng diarrhea kaya niri-require na toilet bowl ang ibibigay sa kanila. Karamihan sa kanila may diarrhea dahil ang tubig din doon ay hindi malinis,” she said.

The 39 toilet bowls will be given on August 23 together with bags of cement for the flooring. The Sitio Magtunao in Brgy. Culandanum has a total population of 69 households.

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