Desalination plant constructed in PH's northernmost military outpost

Published May 27, 2021, 7:28 PM

by Aaron Recuenco 

A desalination plan system, which could produce 1,500 gallons of potable water everyday, has been constructed in the Philippines’ northernmost outpost, Mavulis Island in Batanes.

Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana led the inauguration of a desalination plant system which he said was completed partnership of the AFP’s Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and the AFP Savings and Loan Association Incorporated (AFPSLAI).


More than P3 million was spent for the desalination plant’s construction. The process involves removing salts from saline water like seawater.

The project was initiated in July 2020 and is part of the government’s efforts to improve the facilities and living conditions of our military outposts.

In 2018, the DND began the electrification project in Mavulis by installing a 1.2 Kilowatt solar photovoltaic system in partnership with the One Meralco Foundation.

Mavulis Island, where NOLCOM personnel are permanently stationed, also serves as a shelter for Filipino fishermen, especially during rough weather conditions.

Also present during the inauguration were AFP Chief of Staff Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, NOLCOM Commander Lt. Gen Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco and other senior officials of the DND and AFP.