Water mobile compact unit donated to the Philippines
Hungarian firm donates P10-M water mobile compact unit
By Martin Sadongdong
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) forged a partnership with a Hungarian water management systems company on Wednesday to fulfill the delivery of a water mobile compact unit worth $200,000 or P10 million to the Philippines.
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NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad said the single water unit that will be donated by the Hungarian Water Technology Corporation (HWTC) can be used to provide potable water to the public during emergency situations and natural disasters.
The need for this technology was felt with the series of earthquakes in parts of Mindanao last month, where thousands of residents were affected.
“Definitely, water is always a concern whenever there is a disaster. Water, including sanitation and health, is one of the clusters that we establish whenever we respond to a particular disaster,” Jalad said at the signing of a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the HWTC at Camp Aguinaldo in Quezon City.
“We are now seeing that in the situation in Cotabato after the earthquake just recently and while we have technologies available, we see that we need more of this kind of equipment that HWTC can provide,” he added.
HWTC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Adrian Kiss said the water unit can process 2.5 to 6.5 cubic per meter every hour.
The technology can even process seawater, he noted.
In 2014, the HWTC also deployed a mobile water treatment unit in Eastern Samar to help in the rehabilitation phase following the destructive super typhoon “Yolanda” in 2013.
“Unfortunately (because of) the geographical location of the Philippines, your country is hit by several natural disasters on a yearly basis,” Kiss told reporters.
“Our technology can help local communities who have to be displaced from the disaster area to receive clean and healthy drinking water, because water is life. Water is one of the most important commodities that we have on a daily basis,” he stated.
The water mobile compact unit will be delivered to the Philippines in mid-February 2020 and will be made operational by April 2020, in time for the typhoon season which usually comes in by June.
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