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By: Sarah Hazel d.R. Maranan

The Department of Science and Technology Region IV-A (DOST IV-A) Regional Standards and Testing Laboratory (RSTL) conducted water sampling and testing in seven (7) barrios of Barangay Balibago, Lobo, Batangas on March 6, 2015 as part of Community Empowerment through Science and Technology (CEST) intervention on Water and Sanitation.

 

Mr. Jake M. Villanueva of DOST IV-A RSTL together with Engr. Mhark Ellgine A. Libao of DOST Batangas, Hon. Romelo Dagos, Barangay Councilor, Ms. Juvy A. Romero, Health and Sanitation Officer, Ms. Florentina Gonzales, BHW Head, and Ms. Maxima Manalo, Municipal Midwife went to seven (7) remote barrios of Barangay Balibago namely: Sitio Lumbangan, Sitio Malagundi, Purok Masagana, Purok Maligaya, Purok Pag-asa, Sitio Punas (Labac) and Sitio Punas (Main), to collect water samples from the main sources and households. Water samples were also collected from the Health Center and Day Care Center of the barangay to ensure that these service centers will be providing safe drinking water for the barangay residents, adults and children alike.

According to Ms. Juvy A. Romero, LGU Lobo’s Health and Sanitation Officer, the main water sources of Barangay Balibago are springs. “Yung pinuntahan po natin na pitong sitio, iyon po ang mga main water sources sa buong barangay. Halos lahat po ng mamamayan sa buong barangay ay doon po kumukuha ng inumin, at mangilan-ngilan lamang po ang may kakayahang makabili ng mineral water.”

Ms. Romero added that there are low cases of diarrhea in the barangay. And despite these low cases, DOST IV-A still aims to completely eradicate diarrhea through CEST intervention on Water and Sanitation.

The collected water samples fresh from Lobo were tested by Ms. Jenny Bronburac of DOST RSTL on the same day based on the microbiological and chemico-physical parameters. The results will then be the bases in identifying further S&T intervention on Water and Sanitation that will be provided to the barangay by DOST.