The Provincial Government of Lanao Del Norte, through the Provincial Health Office Environmental and Health Cluster together with the Local Government and the Rural Health Unit of Tubod Awards Barangay Patudan, Tubod as ZOD (Zero Open defecation) Barangay.
The DOH, through the National Sustainable Sanitation Plan (NSSP), has set an ambitious target that by 2022, all barangays that are practicing open defecation shall be declared Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) status. Barangay Patudan is the second Barangay in Tubod that is declared As ZOD barangay this year, making it the 16th out of 24 ZOD barangays in Tubod.
Through the leadership of Barangay Captain Richel Pepito Sabal and the help of the RHU, LGU, and the PHO, all the people of Patudan now have access to sanitary toilets, where they do not have to defecate in the open, in fields, and waterways where children will become more likely experience frequent bouts of diarrhea, have worm infections and grow up stunted and undernourished.
Present during the program were Dr. Charmaine Canopin-Pongase, the Cluster Head of Environmental & Safety Health Settings of the PHO, Engr. George Dimavivas, the Provincial Sanitary Engineer, Dr. Jade Marie Sobrepeña and company of Tubod RHU, Barangay Patudan Officials, BHWs and Purok Leaders, SB Member/Committee on Education Hon. Noreen Sanchez, and SB Member/Committee on Health Hon. Nelly Pepito.
Governor Imelda ‘Angging’ Quibranza-Dimaporo is one with the DOH and PHO in their goal of helping all barangays achieve Zero Open Defecation.
“The goal of having ZOD status in all barangays, especially in the remote areas, can be achieved if we put all our efforts together through ordinances, project implementation, performance monitoring, and aggressive goal setting. I am appealing to all Barangay leaders to put their attention into developing a holistic approach to a cleaner, healthy and sustainable environment,” Governor Angging said. PIO-LDN