LEGAZPI CITY — Official government data revealed that there are 187,673 Bicolano households which do not have access to safe drinking water and adequate sanitation, according to the Department of Social Welfare.
The provinces of Masbate, Camarines Sur and Albay posted the highest incidences of households with no access to safe water and which have unsanitary practices. The prevailing condition is most common in rural areas, though.
The listing qualified that thirty per cent of poor Bicolanos get their main source of drinking water from dug up ground wells.
The information is contained in the national household targeting system for poverty reduction of the DSWD, even as there are 2.5 million total households nationwide classified as poor completing the list. (from PNA report)