Development of Water Safety Plan Models for Water Refilling Stations in the Philippines

Victorio B. Molina,1 Romeo R. Quizon,1 Vivien Fe F. Fadrilan – Camacho,1 Catherine Lee-Delos Reyes,1 Jovito P. Deauna II,1 Hygeia C. Agosto,2 Pio Justin V. Asuncion,3 Joselito M. Riego de Dios,4 Maria Sonabel S. Anarna4 and Bonifacio B. Magtibay5

1Department of Environmental and Occupational Health,
College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila
2Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics,
College of Public Health, University of the Philippines Manila
3Health Research Division, Health Policy Development and
Planning Bureau, Department of Health, Philippines
4Environment Related Disease Division, Department of Health, Philippines
5Environmental Health, World Health Organization, Philippines

Objectives. The aim of the project is to develop water safety plan (WSP) guidelines specific for water refilling static (WRS) operators. The guidelines will serve as model for future formulation of WSP among WRS across the country.

Methods. A criteria was developed for selecting WRS. Site visits were initially done along with the selection of eight (8) water refilling stations from pre-identified areas across the country. The operators of the selected WRS together with their respective local sanitary inspectors underwent a workshop where they were trained and guided on the step-by-step process of devising a WSP. Coaching and mentoring was then conducted for the improvement of the draft WSPs. A guideline manual on how to develop WSPs for WRS was drafted to serve as reference for other WRS in the country.

Results. The study developed a WSP model specifically made for WRS setting. Eight (8) final drafts of WSP were also accomplished. WRS operators and local sanitary inspectors were trained on how to develop WSP which will support and facilitate appropriate implementation of there functional WSPs.

Conclusion. The formulation of WSPs among WRS ensures delivery of safe drinking-water among its consumers. It serves as an initial step in realizing the vision of DOH of institutionalizing WSPs among all water utilities in the country. The guidelines developed will be a useful tool for other WRSin the country for preparing their own WSPs.

Key Words: risk management, water refilling stations, water safety plan