Hungarian firm donates mobile water treatment unit to Philippines

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Hungarian Water Technology Corporation (HWTC), Ltd. has turned over a mobile water treatment compact unit to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for use during disaster response in the Philippines.

“The technology allows for automated operating mode and can be powered by its own generator. The latter allows for operation even when there is a temporary blackout. It can produce up to 6,000 liters of potable water per hour in case of surface water, or 3,000 liters per hour in case of sea water. The complete equipment is installed in 8 smaller containers (sized 1.2 x 0.8 x 1.3 m),” the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) said.

It added that treated water meets the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO) and local public health regulations. 

The turn over was held on July 10 at the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Warehouse in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. Ambassador of Hungary to the Philippines His Excellency Dr. Jozsef Bencze, NDRRMC Chairperson and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, NDRRMC Executive Director and OCD Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad attended the event.

“The Philippines is a very beautiful country; however, it is also constantly besieged by various natural hazards. During times of disaster, access to safe and clean drinking water is very necessary,” Ambassador Bencze said in his speech and thanked everyone who supported the project. “The Embassy proudly presents this Hungarian product, which will be hopefully followed by further units from Hungary serving the Philippine people.”

“This will be a well-remembered achievement in the course of the Philippine-Hungarian diplomatic relations,” said Secretary Lorenzana as he thanked the Ambassador. “We deeply appreciate the efforts of the Hungarian government, particularly the Ministry of Innovation and Technology, which funded the grant within the Bilateral Climate Financing Programme.”

Undersecretary Jalad emphasized the importance of this donated equipment to the country’s relief efforts during disasters. “This impressive equipment will boost our country’s response capabilities by addressing the concern on lack of safe drinking water during disasters. It will augment our existing water filtration units; and with its portability, we could move it easily to any disaster-affected area,” he said.