A workshop to introduce Core Communication Groups in Phuoc Huu, Phuoc Hau communes of Ninh Phuoc district was held by the Implementation for Capacity Development and ODA Water Resources Projects in Ninh Thuan Province (MCDU) on December 13-14, 2017.
At the workshop, the representatives of the groups read the decision on establishment of Core Communication Group (CCG) for each respective locality. Accordingly, the CCG in Phuoc Huu commune comprises of 25 members while the one in Phuoc Hau includes 25 members developed from the current Water User Group (WUG) and newly added. The group leaders are the Vice Chairmen of the participating Communal People’s Committees (CPC) and the members are the officers of the local unions, Fatherland Fronts, the Director of the Co-operative, the hamlet leaders and the representative of the people. The group is responsible for implementing communication activities aiming at raising awareness of the local people as well as the members in contents related to reasonable water resources use for domestic and production purposes, maintaining environmental sanitation and water resources protection through the integrated activities.
For the purpose of supporting the groups in plan preparation and implementation of communication activity in 2018, MCDU integrated instructions on plan preparation with community involvement, effective reporting and communication skills for relevant contents. Through group discussion, the members addressed several existing environmental sanitation issues affecting the local water resource quality such as: littering in the channels and ditches, discharging waste water to the roads, building breeding facilities near to the water resources, etc. Then, a detailed activity framework was created aiming to overcome these above-mentioned issues during the project implementation. Moreover, the group members were delivered instructions on reporting implementation results of the communication activities within the project scope.
In their closing remarks, the CPC representatives and the CCG/WUG leaders provided commitments to fulfilling their roles in the communication of raising community awareness towards changing their behavior, maintaining environmental sanitation and protecting water resources.