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Philippines | Jun-16 | WASH COALITION PILIPINAS

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Philippines | Jun-16 | WASH COALITION PILIPINAS

  1. 1. WASH COALITION PILIPINAS
  2. 2. WASH COALITION PILIPINAS • Started in 2004 as a loose coalition of NGOs, LGUs, communities and individuals working to achieve improved access to water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) for all. • Coordinated by PCWS at the national level. • Has local chapters in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
  3. 3. WASH COALITION PILIPINAS OBJECTIVE • To improve the water supply and sanitation situation in urban and rural poor communities through advocacy, awareness raising, multi-stakeholder partnerships, action research, introduction of low-cost water supply and sanitation technologies and capacity building for community managed WASH.
  4. 4. The Coalition has remained a loose organization, flexible enough to allow ease in implementing projects and achieving goals.
  5. 5. The formation of local chapters is encouraged, recognizing that the Philippines is an archipelago with diverse ethnic groups facing varied WASH situations and realities. Local WASH task forces allow broader citizen support for new initiatives such as alternative, low- cost WASH technology options. It also expands the public’s knowledge and catalyzes public support. WASH task forces would later become a significant local group unifying small, fragmented, or isolated groups while at the same time promoting values that affirm sustainable relationships.
  6. 6. ACTIVITIES • WASH capacity building • Research and knowledge management • Networking and building partnerships • Promoting environmental sanitation • Advocacy for rainwater harvesting as an additional source of water supply for the maintenance of public toilets and hand washing facilities. The local WASH task forces are also calling for the building of rainwater harvesting facilities, toilets and hand washing facilities where they are most needed such as in public places, schools and offices.
  7. 7. ACTIVITIES • Introducing low-cost, culturally acceptable WASH technology options for schools, households and communities • Working with the media • Constructing water supply and sanitation facilities for communities and schools • Establishing Coalition chapters in the provinces for a localized approach to building stronger partnerships for WASH
  8. 8. SEEKS INNOVATIONS on… • Strengthening each other’s efforts for WASH. • Developing effective strategies so that the importance of WASH for improving the quality of life and alleviating poverty gets fully recognized. • Capitalizing on the July 2010 UN declaration of water & sanitation as basic human rights. • Calling for greater investments for improved WASH in schools. • Promoting WASH for poverty reduction, health improvement, environmental protection, gender equality and long-term social and economic development.
  9. 9. GREATER COLLABORATION on… • Strategies applicable to the Philippine situation that would contribute to increased financial and political capital for WASH. • Finding ways to build the capacity of WASH task forces - - in alliance with strategic partners -- in undertaking effective advocacy techniques, including those that could fight corruption in the unique Philippine setting. • Working with both the national and local governments in promoting greater transparency in government transactions, circulating vital documents and working with the media towards locally improving the general WASH situation. • Tackling the lack of appreciation for low-cost, environment-friendly WASH technologies among policy makers. • Enhancing the WASH capacities of local governments, NGOs and communities.
  10. 10. • Promoting sanitation as an affordable option • Influencing policy and decision makers of national and local governments. • Sharing WASH information and knowledge • Developing WASH information materials for use as tools in focus group discussions, lectures and other learning events for various ethnic groups in the Philippines. - Presenting technical information in visual forms like diorama, silkscreen printing, picture stories, and posters is complemented by the writing of case studies and of storytelling. Some WASH Task Forces have started looking for and documenting inspiring WASH stories - stories of hope that are advocacy tools in themselves. - Provided local WASH task forces with information support that may encourage them to eventually emerge as a grassroots pressure groups. With increased knowledge and capacity, the local WASH task forces will be encouraged to sustain their advocacy work and urge local governments to allocate more funds and other resources for WASH. GREATER COLLABORATION on…
  11. 11. STRENGTHS of the COALITiON • Members have diverse expertise, knowledge and experience • Enhanced collaboration and partnerships beyond the WASH sector • Availability of low-cost WASH technologies • Social capital, trust and friendship among the members
  12. 12. Salamat!

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