The Hungarian Water Technology Corporation (HWTC), Ltd. formally turned over this morning a mobile water treatment compact unit to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) for use during disaster response.
The unit handed over can produce 3,000-6,000 liters of clean potable water every hour, and its mobility features and compact size allow for easy transport to any part of the country. It is brand-new and given to the NDRRMC free-of-charge to help serve local communities by providing safe and clean drinking water in times of disasters.
The turnover ceremony was held at the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) Warehouse in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City, and was graced by Ambassador of Hungary to the Philippines His Excellency Dr. Jozsef Bencze, NDRRMC Chairperson and Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, NDRRMC Executive Director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, DFA Undersecretary Eduardo Malaya, DSWD Undersecretary Felicisimo Budiongan, Vice Consul Gábor Lehocz of the Hungarian Embassy, LTGEN Antonio Ramon Lim of the Philippine Air Force, Director Maria Soledad Antonio of the Department of Health, and Office of Civil Defense officials.
The donation project was realized within the framework of the Bilateral Climate Financing Programme wherein 70% of the projects costs were covered by the Hungarian Ministry of Innovation and Technology and 30% by HWTC.
“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,” he said.
Ambassador Bencze, who is soon to end his four-year stint in the Philippines, mentioned that he is glad to cap his tour of duty with this strategic cooperation between HWTC and NDRRMC. He was handed a plaque of appreciation by Secretary Lorenzana for his initiatives in promoting the partnership.
“This will be a well-remembered achievement in the course of the Philippine-Hungarian diplomatic relations,” remarked 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,” he added.
Meanwhile, 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.
In March this year, the Office of Civil Defense sent two (2) of its technicians to Hungary to undergo training from the HWTC on the proper handling of the donated equipment.
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 treated water meets the requirements of the World Health Organization (WHO) and local public health regulations. Further details of the equipment can be found on the website of the HWTC: http://hunwatertech.com/index.php/en/.