#CulturePH - Award-winning social business SATO launches innovative sanitation and hygiene solutions in the Philippines

In the Philippines, SATO, the social business arm of the LIXIL Group, has just begun operations. SATO offers consumers and institutions in rural and peri-urban regions who require off-grid solutions innovative, aspirational, and cost-effective sanitation and hygiene products. SATO presented its product range to decision-makers, corporate executives, and potential partners in the Philippines last May 17, 2023 at the Okada Manila. 

The launch is in line with SATO's mission to inspire people to live a better life, every day, and enjoy a brighter future through innovative sanitation and hygiene solutions, which also happens to be the brand's 10th anniversary. The launch in Southeast Asia is a further step in LIXIL's mission to enhance 100 million lives by 2025.  

Around 7 million Filipinos still use open defecation or outdated toilets, therefore SATO's sanitation and hygiene solutions provide a useful and economical option. In addition, the WHO/UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply, Sanitation and Hygiene (JMP) estimates that more than 20 million individuals lack basic hand washing facilities at home. 

The country's efforts to achieve Zero Open Defecation (ZOD) status and establish universal access to safe and sufficient sanitary facilities by 2028 will be greatly assisted by the new line of products.  

The SATO series is produced in the Philippines by Manly Plastics, the largest supplier of end-to-end plastic solutions and a company that has been active there for more than 59 years. It is reliable, economical, water-saving, and easily accessible. Manly is a reputable and trusted brand with capabilities ranging from mold engineering to fabrication, mass production, and more. Manly has cooperated with businesses across the globe to produce and supply plastic components and products.

The SATO pan, stool, I-trap, and a hand washing station called the SATO Tap that enables handwashing with as little as 100 cc of water are just a few of the toilet solutions that Manly will produce for SATO. The toilet solutions feature the trap door technology developed by SATO that reduces odor, keeps insects away and saves water, thus delivering freshness, comfort, and safety to households and institutions that do not have access to running water and sewer systems. The products can be used in off-set settings or direct pits, to serve customers who want to build their first toilet or improve an existing one. 

“The launch in the Philippines is a proud moment for SATO and LIXIL as we serve more consumers and institutions and expand our reach and impact into a new region. SATO solutions are already making a difference in the life of millions across the world as the brand works with partners who believe in our mission of sustainable and safely managed sanitation and hygiene”
- Says Suguru Sakata, Leader, Asia, SATO

Jonathan Co from Manly  elaborated about the partnership, saying: “Simple solutions can create a large impact. We are thankful to LIXIL for bringing SATO Toilet; this is a much needed hygiene solution for the country, and at the same time, it will help the economy by choosing to manufacture locally, creating jobs for our citizens. We are committed to helping LIXIL make SATO toilet solutions a success in the Philippines. SATO is a great example and that’s why we are proud to add this innovative and affordable range of sanitation and hygiene solutions to Manly’s portfolio of offerings to its many customers.”

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