Posted Monday, 25 October 2010
ON GOING RESEARCHES
URINE FIELD TEST
The CAPS/PEN KnowledgeNode Project is undertaking a study on Urine as fertilizer. This studywill investigate the average nutrient content in human urine coming fromdifferent areas in thePhilippines as well as appropriate urine applicationlevels for different representative vegetable crops for 4 different areas inthe Philippines. The findings of this study will finally enter into aPhilippine guideline on the use ofurine as a liquid fertilizer in small-scaleagriculture. The research study commenced March 2010 is expected to becompleted in six (6) months. Team Leader for this research is Mr. RobertGensch of Xavier University.
STATE OF SCHOOL SANITATION
Another CAPS/PENKnowledge Node Project research is about Public Elementary School Sanitation inthe country. The proposed research would assess sanitation conditions in publicelementary school settings. This would help provide the needed basis forsubsequent sanitation related interventions, which could either come in theform of (i) policy recommendations, (ii) augmentation of infrastructure,(iii)strengthened sanitation advocacies, and other complimentaryprograms/projects that could be pursued by the Department of Education andrespective schools. The research study started around April 2010 is expectedto be completed in six (6) months. Tea Leader for this study is Ms. GraceSapuay, independent consultant.
Because of the Ondoyfloodings last September 2009, Emergency Sanitation became a hot topic so muchso that it was prioritized as one of the five focus areas of newly approvedPhilippine Sustainable Sanitation Roadmap (PSSR). It was then a logicalmove for the CAPS/PEN Knowledge Node Project, in cooperation with theDepartment of Health, to look more seriously on the topic of EmergencySanitation. The main output of this policy research activity is theformulation an official Department of Health (DOH) Policy on Disaster Responseand Risk Reduction on Sanitation in Emergency Situations in the form of aDepartment Administrative Order and an Action Plan. The second output expectedfrom this activity is a Philippine Emergency Sanitation Reference Book intendedfor publication and distribution.
Progresson sanitation and drinking-water 2010 update