Water filtration truck sent to Negros Occidental for Kanlaon response

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The Office of Civil Defense (OCD) has deployed a water filtration truck with a seven-man Rapid Deployment Team (RDT) to Negros Occidental to ensure the continuous supply of potable water in areas affected by the Kanlaon Volcano eruption.

The water filtration truck and team were ferried from Manila to Bacolod Port Area in coordination with the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), the Philippine Navy (PN) and with support from 2GO shipping line. They were expected to arrive on Monday, June 10.

"We organized a team who will provide water filtration services since water contamination due to ashfall is being experienced there. We are in constant coordination with the affected regions to augment the response efforts and provide their needs or requests," said OCD Administrator, Undersecretary Ariel Nepomuceno.

The RDT is set to provide water filtration services for the evacuees from La Carlota City and La Castellana.

The OCD also facilitated the delivery of 4,000 pieces of N95 face masks to Negros Occidental last June 6 as the provice was afflicted by heavy ashfall.

As of June 10, a total of 29,137 individuals (8,479 families) in Western Visayas (Region 6) and Central Visayas (Region 7) have been affected by the June 3 eruption of Kanlaon Volcano.

This includes more than 4,900 individuals out of 5,500 affected residents in Negros Occidental who were staying in evacuation centers.

The government has provided P9.35 million worth of assistance to the affected residents from the two regions.