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Echas pa! Villar fumes over tiny budget to stop people from shitting in public

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Senator Cynthia Villar is disappointed over the measly budget the Department of Health (DOH) has allocated to address open defecation.

During the Senate subcommittee hearing on the proposed P160.15 billion budget of DOH for 2020 on Tuesday, Villar said the P2 million allocation to build sanitary toilets under Environmental and Occupational Health was not enough to address open defecation.

With at least 3.5 million Filipinos practicing open defecation in Metro Manila, Villar said over 700,000 households need adequate sanitary toilet facilities.

“Assuming we put the cost at a minimum of P1,000 per person, we will need a total of P3.5 billion for a period of 10 years if we are to achieve the target to end open defecation by 2030 in Metro Manila alone,” Villar said.

Health Undersecretay. Myrna Cabotaje said the department asked for P196 million but only P2 million was given to them.

During the budget hearing, Villar also shared her frustration over the delay in the construction of toilets in Barangay 649, Baseco Compound in Tondo, which only built 500 toilets in the period of three years.

As one of the densely populated barangays in Manila, Barangay 649 has a total population of 43,000. Of the 8,000 households, 80 percent have no access to a sanitary toilet facility.

“President Duterte created a task force to clean and rehabilitate Manila Bay. If we cannot solve the problem of open defecation in Metro Manila, we all know that the waste of 3.5 million residents will end up in Manila Bay. That is why I am asking you, are you really serious in your promise to end open defecation by 2030?,” Villar asked DOH officials.

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