DOST sends water filters to 'Odette'-hit areas

Published January 22, 2022, 2:08 PM

by Gabriela Baron

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) has sent ceramic water filters to areas hit by typhoon “Odette.”

(Photo from DOST Regional Operations)

In a taped report, DOST Secretary Fortunato “Boy” de la Peña said 50 ceramic water filters were deployed to Caraga and Cebu.

“The DOST, through its agencies and regional offices, extended assistance to the victims of Typhoon Odette who are located in Regions VI, VII, Mimaropa, and the Caraga region,” he added.

De la Peña also reported that a total of 73,332 pieces of enhanced Nutribun, a DOST-Food and Nutrition Research Institute (DOST-FNRI), were distributed in Surigao City, Dinagat Islands, Surigao City, and Siargao Island.

“DOST-CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) also provided 8,235 pieces of e-Nutribun to typhoon victims in coordination with DOST Regional Offices in Regions VII, VIII, and Caraga,” he added.

Meanwhile, DOST-Mimaropa, through Philippine Seafarers Training Center, organized a relief operation in Sitio Cabuwagan, a remote island in Brgy. Poblacion, Dumaran, Palawan, benefitting 56 households.

A total of 100 relief packs were prepared and each package contains food and hygiene kits, excess relief packs were turned over to the Municipal Social Welfare and Development Office for distribution to the other affected areas.

The DOST-XI likewise mobilized relief efforts through the Association of Regional Executives of National Agencies in Region XI (ARENA XI) by providing material support to help the typhoon-affected families and communities.