Governor Bong Lacson led the awarding of cash incentives worth P20,000 each to 20 Best Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) Barangays in the province for the year 2022.
The respective Punong Barangays and authorized barangay representatives received the cash incentives at rites held at the HOD Conference Room at the Provincial Capitol this afternoon.
The recipients are Brgy. Balingasag, Bago City; Brgy. Sto. Rosario, Binalbagan; Brgys. Calubang, Consuelo, Delicioso, and Manalad of Ilog; Brgy. Bulad, Isabela; Brgy. I of Kabankalan City; Brgys. Araal and Balabag of La Carlota City; Brgys. Buanvista Gibong, M. H. Del Pilar, Poblacion I and Recreo of Pontevedra; Brgys. III and IV of San Carlos City; Brgy. II, Silay City; Brgys. Zone 4 and Zone 9 of Talisay City; and Brgy. XVI of Victorias City.
A ZOD status is achieved when households in a particular barangay, have access to sanitary toilet facilities and stopped the practice of open defecation, which results in zero human feces exposure in the environment.
The Provincial Health Office verified the ZOD barangays and continues to promote the ZOD program through various health education campaigns in the province.
Dr. Jessica Fama of PHO was also present at the activity.