Philippines – Poor sanitation costs Pinoys P78B yearly

The World Bank on Wednesday said poor sanitation in the Philippines costs the government 77.8 billion a year. In its study “Economic Impacts of Sanitation in the Philippines”, the World Bank said poor sanitation also causes 31 premature deaths a day and reduces income from fishery, tourism and other sectors.

“Healthcare costs account for 71 percent of the total losses due to 38 million cases of diarrhea per year,” it added. For every dollar invested in improved sanitation, the World Health Organization had said, a country can reap up to $9 in benefits.

The World Bank study, which was also funded by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), will be launched on February 18 in Mandaluyong City under the theme “Sanitasyon ang Solusyon” (Sanitation is the Solution). Expected to attend are the city’s Mayor Benjamin Abalos Jr., Health Secretary Francisco Duque, Environment Secretary Lito Atienza, Rep. Belma Cabilao of Zamboanga Sibugay and Miss Earth Philippines 2007 Jeanne Harn. Cabilao heads the House Committee on Ecology.

Read MoreManila Times, 15 Feb 2008

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Rodriguez UE, Jamora N, Hutton G. (2007). Economic impacts of sanitation in the Philippines. Washington, DC, USA, World Bank, Water and Sanitation Program.
A summary appeared in Economic impacts of sanitation in Southeast Asia

See also: East Asia: leaders vow to increase investments in sanitation and hygiene, Source Weekly, 21 Jan 2008

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