Late in 2018, Col. Severo of the 10th Infantry Battalion of the Philippine Army presented the issues and concerns of the Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDA) in Misamis Occidental during the Provincial Development Council – Economic Sector convergence meeting in Oroquieta City. One of the issues raised in his presentation is on water system of selected GIDA barangays in the province.
To immediately address this concern, the Department of Science and Technology Region X (DOST-X) through the Provincial Science and Technology Center of Misamis Occidental led by Ms. Eufresnie Ann D. Simbajon turned over twenty-five (25) units of Ceramic Water Filter (CWF) to the Provincial Development Council represented by the Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, Ms. Teresa B. Calamba last 17 May 2019.
The Ceramic Water Filter is a DOST developed innovative technology that address the requirement of a simple, effective and economical water filter that can be used in rural areas. This candle-type water filter has anti-microbial agent that eliminates disease-causing water borne microorganisms. This is easy to use and does not need electricity to operate the filter.
All CWFs were delivered to the 10th Infantry Battalion, 1st Division in Barangay Burgos, Oroquieta City last 23 May 2019 wherein Ms. Kristel C. Alvarico, a DOST staff demonstrated the installation, use and cleaning of the filters. A day after, the team of LTC John P. Andrada deployed the twelve (12) units of CWFs to the beneficiaries in Barangay Lalud, Don Victoriano Chiongbian- the farthest municipality in Misamis Occidental. In addition, LTC Andrada also showed them how to install and use the filter for optimal utilization.
The other 13 units of CWFs will be deployed to the Former Rebels (FRs) of Barangay Sebucal, Oroquieta City scheduled on 20 to 21 June of this year.
Indeed, DOST paved the way of making available water into safe and potable drinking water for every Juan in the country.
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