NDRRMC to receive water treatment unit from Hungarian firm

Published July 7, 2020, 6:25 PM

by Martin Sadongdong

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) will finally receive a mobile water treatment equipment from a Hungarian firm which could be used to produce clean and healthy drinking water during times of disasters.

NDRRMC Director Ricardo Jalad

NDRRMC Executive Director Ricardo Jalad, Hungarian Ambassador to the Philippines Dr. József Bencze and Vice Consul Gabor Lehoc on Tuesday inspected the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA) warehouse in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City where the formal turnover of the water treatment equipment will be held.

According to the NDRRMC, the turnover ceremony is scheduled on Friday, July 10. The month of July is considered as the National Disaster Resilience Month and this year’s theme is “Sama-samang Pagsulong Tungo sa Katatagan sa Gitna ng Bagong Normal.”

Bencze will formally handover the mobile water treatment equipment to NDRRMC in behalf of the Hungarian Water Technology Corporation (HWTC).

“The water treatment unit will be used by the NDRRMC during times of disasters to produce clean and healthy drinking water for the local population,” it said in a statement.

On November 13, 2019, the NDRRMC and HWTC signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the delivery of the mobile water treatment equipment worth $200,000 or estimated P10 million.

“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 had said during the signing of the MOA.

According to HWTC, the water unit can process 2.5 to 6.5 cubic per meter of water every hour.

Unlike other water treatment units, HWTC’s technology is not installed in a 20 or 40 foot container but in mobile pallets which have a diameter of about 1×1 meter.

“It is easy to move from one island to another in a very short period of time. It is also easy and fast to set up. It can be commissioned in one day, and it can treat right away water and provide it to the population,” HWTC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Adrian Kiss had said.

In 2014, the HWTC also deployed a mobile water treatment unit in Eastern Samar to help in the rehabilitation phase of the province following the destructive super typhoon “Yolanda.”

The equipment was supposed to be delivered in February 2020 and operationalized in April 2020, in time for the typhoon season in June, but it has since faced some delays.