An event attended by representatives of different agencies held last November 27, 2014 at the Department of Health (DOH) Region I Conference Room. The event was a pre-meeting for the proposed partnership and training seminar to be conducted in the region.
The meeting was divided into four sessions namely; call to order, introduction of the participants, opening remarks and the business matters or the focus of the meeting.
The call to order was initiated by a prayer conducted by Engr. Marlon Olga, Technical Engineer from Basic Needs Services Philippines Inc (BNS-Phil’s). It was followed by the introduction of the participants.
The meeting was attended by 11 representatives from DOH, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) as well as representatives from the Provincial Government of La Union, Municipality of Bauang and San Fernando City.
Engr. Jonas Maronilla, director of BNS-Phils, was the one assigned to lead the meeting. He opened the discussion with the matters related to the upcoming training seminar and the possible partnership to support the sustainable sanitation for Region I.
The partnership will be the catalyst of different activities to improve the sanitation in the region.
Engr. Maronilla pointed out that the partnership can give support to Local Government Units (LGUs) for their sanitation projects by monitoring existing projects and implement related projects. Furthermore, the reports and documents to be compiled for their partnership could be a significant reference to lobby it to local and international organizations and funding institutions. It was also mentioned that through this partnership, the LGUs and EMB could arrange agreement on the issuance of business permit where the EMB could issue permits for environmental compliance, this may result to a simpler monitoring. In addition, there is a plan to create a Technical Working Group (TWG) once agreement has been signed.
The expected result of the collaboration of the mentioned agencies is a “City, Municipal and Provincial Sustainable Sanitation Plan” and ultimately to develop a Sustainable Sanitation Plan for Region I. It was also mentioned that Bremen Overseas Research and Development Association (BORDA) could also be a funding institution once a report or the documents are formulated.
Another matter discussed during the meeting is the planned training seminar workshop with the DOH as the in-charged agency to invite the prospect attendees. The possible date and time of the seminar will be on January 15 -16, 2015 at DOH Seminar Hall as possible venue.
The representatives actively participated in the discussion through their comments and giving their concerns. Participation and contributions of the agencies in the whole phase of the seminar were clarified such as the equipment, materials and facilities needed. It was decided that the seminar fee will be free.
The meeting adjourned at 12:15 PM with encouragement to share it with their principal to further clarify the possible cooperation.