10K Antique households lack sanitary toilets

A total of 10,030 households in the province of Antique have no sanitary toilets, the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO) has reported.

IPHO Sanitary Inspector III Teresita Vergara said their health office, under the newly approved 2019 Annual Budget of the provincial government, has allocated P500,000 for the purchase of toilet bowls this year.

“The P500,000 would be enough to purchase only 714 toilet bowls for the households in need,” Vergara said.

In the entire province of Antique, 124,104 households have ben provided sanitary toilets with septic tanks following IPHO’s distribution program through the municipal sanitary inspectors.

“The number of households with sanitary toilets in the province is equivalent to 90.53 percent,” she said.

The 10,030 households without toilets then comprise 7.32 percent.

Vergara said they are coordinating with the municipal government and the barangays, hoping for their augmentation.

She cited that the town of Tibiao in northern Antique topped the list of municipalities, with 1,283 out of the total 6,003 households lacking toilet.

“Tibiao until now has not recovered from the damage of Super Typhoon Yolanda unlike the other towns of the province,” Vergara said.

She said Tibiao, being a coastal town, had several houses along the beach damaged by the killer typhoon with the toilets totally washed out.

She added that the IPHO has instructed municipal sanitary inspectors to make sure that the site for the toilets should be ready before they distribute the toilet bowls to the households.PNA