PH to receive mobile water treatment unit from Hungary

Marje Pelayo   •   November 13, 2019   •   168

MANILA, Philippines — A Hungarian firm will donate a modern mobile water treatment compact unit to the Philippines to address water needs during the onset of a natural disaster.

Earlier on Wednesday (November 13), the Hungary Water Technology Corporation (HWTC) has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Office of the Civil Defense – National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (OCD-NDDRMC).

According to HWTC CEO Adrian Kiss, the government of Hungary has chosen the Philippines due to its geographical location and since it is prone to natural disasters like tropical cyclones.

The same company also extended assistance to the Philippines during the onset of supertyphoon Yolanda in Eastern Samar.

“This technology is already tested, and one of the greatest advantages is mobility,” Kiss said.

 “It is easy to move this equipment from one island to another in a very short period of time,” she added.

Meanwhile, NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said the equipment will be useful in responding to calamity-affected residents.

“We also have mobile water filtration equipment. Some of them were donated, some were procured,” said NDRRMC Executive Director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad.

“But none of this kind of capability that can create or desalinate water from the sea and produce drinkable water,” he said.

The said mobile water treatment unit can treat 2.5 to 6.5 Cubic meters of water per hour from any sources and convert it into safe drinking water.

It costs P200,000 US dollars or about P10 million.

It is scheduled to arrive in the country in February next year while the commissioning test is set in April. MNP (with details from Harlene Delgado)

Hungarian police arrest cruise ship captain involved in fatal Danube boat disaster

Robie de Guzman   •   June 1, 2019

Police in Hungary on Thursday (May 30) arrested the captain of a cruise ship involved in a fatal collision on the Danube that left at least seven people dead.

In a tweet published on Thursday evening, the Hungarian police confirmed they had interviewed and initiated the arrest of the Ukrainian captain of the hotel ship – the 135-meter (443 ft) Viking Sigyn.

They said its investigation yielded evidence that raised personal responsibility, so it questioned Viking Sigyn’s captain, a 64-year-old Ukrainian, as a suspect, and later moved to take him into custody for reckless misconduct in waterborne traffic leading to mass casualties.

Police said it initiated the formal arrest of the captain, identified as C. Yuriy from Odessa. They also said a criminal investigation was underway to determine the cause of the accident.

During a rainstorm on Wednesday (May 29) evening, a boat carrying 33 South Korean tourists and tour guides and two Hungarian crew collided with the larger luxury passenger boat on the Danube in Budapest, causing it to capsize and sink.

Hungarian rescue officials said there was little chance of finding survivors, with the current casualty toll standing at seven people dead and 21 missing. (REUTERS)

PH to export coconut products to Hungary

Marje Pelayo   •   March 27, 2019

(L-R) Hungarian Minister for Agriculture Dr. István Nagy and Philippine Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol after signing a Memorandum of Understanding

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine government through the Department of Agriculture (DA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation in agriculture with Hungary.

The MOU was signed by Agriculture Secretary Manny Piñol and Hungary’s Ministry of Agriculture Dr. István Nagy in a bilateral meeting on Wednesday (March 27).

The two countries agreed to form a joint working group that will monitor the implementation of the MOU which will focus on reinforcement of positive engagements between the two countries’ Ministries of Agriculture as well as improvement of trade in agriculture.

Both sides agreed that the Philippines will export high value products, fishery products, fresh mango, fishmeal, copra meal and abaca, among others.

Hungary, meanwhile, is planning to increase its export of poultry meat products to the Philippines.

Earlier this month, Secretary Piñol said the agency is eyeing opportunities to bring the country’s agriculture products, particularly the Philippine copra, into the European Union (EU) market. – Marje Pelayo

Austria stages international hostage rescue exercise on Danube cruiser

admin   •   August 22, 2017

Special forces police officers stand guard at an entrance of the main train station, following a shooting rampage at the Olympia shopping mall in Munich, Germany July 22, 2016. (Reuters)

Special police units from Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Germany on Monday took part in a joint anti-terror exercise in the Vienna Marina on the Danube.

The exercise simulated a major hostage simulation on a 134-metres long Danube cruiser. A total of 135 officers raided the ship from boats and helicopters, emulating possible real-life situations.

“Such cross-border exercises are required for an adequate reaction to the fast-moving terrorism of today,” said Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz.

“As today’s exercise showed, situations requiring cross-border cooperation may arise quickly, because terrorists can move across borders very quickly with airplanes, boats, and vehicles,” he added. — Jovic Bermas | UNTV News and Rescue

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