Israel donates water purifier to Nueva Ecija Aetas

Published December 15, 2021, 12:47 PM

by Betheena Unite

A community of indigenous peoples in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija now has access to clean and potable water after the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines donated an Israeli-made portable water purifier.

CLEAN WATER DEMO– Israeli Ambassador Ilan Fluss leads the product demo of the Israeli-made portable water purifier to show how the water in the Bacao River in Palayan City, Nueva Ecija is filtered to drinkable water. (Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Israel in the Philippines)

Israeli Ambassador Ilan Fluss, together with the Shalom Club-Nueva Ecija, handed over the portable water purifier facility to the Samahan ng mga Makakalikasang Katutubong Ayta (SaMaKa) officers on Dec. 9.

“We hope that the indigenous peoples will have access to clean and potable water with the use of this Israeli technology,” Fluss said.

“The embassy continues to look for ways on how Israeli technology and innovation will reach and benefit more Filipino people,” he added.

During the turnover, a product demo of the portable water purifier was conducted, showing how the water in the Bacao River is filtered to drinkable water.

The project, according to the Israeli embassy, is part of the “Ngayong Pasko, Salo Tayo” annual Christmas outreach project of the Shalom Club-Nueva Ecija headed by Lorna Mae Vero in partnership with the Israeli embassy.

Fluss is the newly-installed ambassador of Israel to the Philippines but this is already his second tour of duty in the country. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission from 1995 to 1998.

He met with Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Undersecretary Brigido Dulay Nov. 4 where he discussed key issues including cooperation in labor, tourism, defense, and consular matters, as well as regional and multilateral developments.

Israel has also been assisting the Philippines in its pandemic response through donation of medical supplies and educational equipment, the visit of two health delegations from Israel, and the vaccination of the Filipino community in Israel.