Ecological Sanitation for the Municipality of Bauang, La Union: An ISSUE2-Funded Program with CAPS in the Philippines

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The Philippines, like many developing countries, has serious sanitation issues for both their urban and rural citizens. Specifically for rural citizens, data from 2008 estimated that 17% of this population still had no access to improved sanitation, with 14% estimated to be practicing open defecation. With much of the Philippine countryside devoted to agriculture, this is a serious concern, as pollution generated from poor sanitation can adversely affect the health of agrarian practitioners and pollute their fields. However, since many of these rural villagers have very little cash at hand, any proposed sanitation solutions must be low-cost, low maintenance, and provide some quantitative benefits for their users in order for them to be accepted.

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