DILG Region XII Conducts Orientation-Training on Human-Based Local Water Governance for WATSAN Team/Council for SALINTUBIG 2012 Program

salintubig workshopThe DILG Region XII recently conducted a 3-day Orientation-Training on Human Rights-Based Local Governance for WATSAN (Water and Sanitation) Councils on July 31 – August 2, 2012 at the EMR Center in the City of Koronadal, South Cotabato. The DILG is the lead agency in building the capacities of the LGUs on water services. It has prepared various training programs to address the capacity needs of the LGUs on this aspect.

In his message, DILG XII Regional Director Buagas B. Sulaik said that this activity is just one of the many priority training endeavors of the region to prepare and equip the LGUs with appropriate knowledge and skills in implementing and governing their water supply projects, to make their action plans better and to ensure that proper standards are met whenever they put up water systems for their respective communities. He expressed his gratitude to Jose Victor Penaranda and Josephine Penaranda of the OPDS who served as the resource persons and over-all facilitators for the 3-day activity. They discussed on, among others, (1) Introduction to the Municipal Water Supply, Sewerage and Sanitation Sector Plan, (2) Organizing Guidelines, and (3) The Need for Business Planning and Tariff System.

The training was intended for the 2011 SALINTUBIG recipient LGUs of Region XII which are on the stage of project implementation. They are LGUs from the provinces of Sultan Kudarat and North Cotabato namely: Alamada, Midsayap, Pikit, Lebak, Bagumbayan, and Kalamansig. The WATSAN Council members who attended the training-workshop were the following personnel of each LGU-beneficiary: the Municipal Planning Development Coordinator, Municipal Engineer, Municipal Health Officer, SB Member on Appropriation and CSO Representative.

At the end of the training, the participating LGUs were able to come up with their 6-month Action Planning in the implementation of the SALINTUBIG program in their areas.

Decerel C. Kempis
Acting Regional Information Officer