PH to receive mobile water treatment unit from Hungary

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines — A Hungarian firm will donate a modern mobile water treatment compact unit to the Philippines to address water needs during the onset of a natural disaster.

Earlier on Wednesday (November 13), the Hungary Water Technology Corporation (HWTC) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Office of the Civil Defense – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCD-NDDRMC).

According to HWTC CEO Adrian Kiss, the government of Hungary has chosen the Philippines due to its geographical location and since it is prone to natural disasters like tropical cyclones.

The same company also extended assistance to the Philippines during the onset of supertyphoon Yolanda in Eastern Samar.

“This technology is already tested, and one of the greatest advantages is mobility,” Kiss said.

 “It is easy to move this equipment from one island to another in a very short period of time,” she added.

Meanwhile, NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said the equipment will be useful in responding to calamity-affected residents.

“We also have mobile water filtration equipment. Some of them were donated, some were procured,” said NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad.

“But none of this kind of capability that can create or desalinate water from the sea and produce drinkable water,” he said.

The said mobile water treatment unit can treat 2.5 to 6.5 Cubic meters of water per hour from any sources and convert it into safe drinking water.

It costs P200,000 US dollars or about P10 million.

It is scheduled to arrive in the country in February next year while the commissioning test is set in April. MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

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