Residents of Barangays Nonokan, Laum Suwah and Buton in Parang, Sulu only have dug wells as their source of water. These open sources of water are exposing them at risk to water borne diseases such as diarrhea, cholera, typhoid fever and hepatitis B.
Residents often dismiss these diseases and take symptoms as mere fevers or stomach aches because of the difficulty in bringing patients to rural health units or sometimes simply because there is no access to such facilities – these are some of the reasons why only until the last minute are patients rushed to health centers in the nearby town or why many are left with untimely loss of a family member.
These were the stories of many locals in Parang, Sulu, stories the Department of Public Works and Highways of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DPWH-ARMM) knew during its inspections and community consultation in the town, as such DPWH-ARMM are looking into paying closer attention to water system projects, not only in Parang, Sulu, but in areas alike in the island provinces whose needs for potable and clean water source cannot go unnoticed.
DPWH-ARMM will be implementing water system projects worth P1 M in Barangays Kaha and Alu in Parang and P74 M worth in different barangays in the Municipality of Indanan, also in Sulu, for this year 2016. As part of its consultations more water system projects are targeted to be included in the department’s development roadmap.