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Revisit: Filipino inventor’s portable water treatment device

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, March 15th, 2019

Not all country has access to clean water and the Philippines is not the only country experiencing water shortage.

According to the United Nations, 2.1 billion people have no access to clean and drinkable water. Each year, 1.5 million children die due to diarrhea.

Other areas, especially those in the desert, also have difficulty in getting water.

In Yemen and Morocco, some resourceful individuals are able to draw water by building nets that gather fog and convert the moisture into water.

In the Philippines, UNTV News was able to document the portable water treatment device of Ernesto Labuntog in 2015.

It can filter water gathered from rain, rivers, and even floods.

During Labuntog’s demo, he collected standing water found in the area and mixed it with soil. He added chlorine to kill bacteria and coagulants to remove other elements. After a few minutes, he conducted a potability test to ensure that the process is going smoothly.

He poured the water into a portable water device that has a cartridge filter for the initial process. The device also has a multimedia filter located below.

Labuntog was the first one to drink the water after it was filtered in the device.

Five gallons of flood water only costs P2.50 while five liters of flood only costs 25 centavos.

“Iyon ang nagpapatunay na ang tubig na maduduming kinukuha natin ay naiinom after going through the process [It proves that any water we collected can be drinkable after going through the process],” Labuntog said.

One unit of this device can supply water for 10 households for six months. A hundred of these units were already used during typhoon Pablo in Compostella Valley and during the cholera outbreak in Catanduanes.

Labuntog already offered the device to different government agencies but none responded.

Some foreigners took interest in the device but he did not sell it to them.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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Irrigation water in Bulacan, Pampanga from Angat Dam to last until May 16—NWRB

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, May 3rd, 2019

Image of Angat Dam taken on May 2, 2019

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) will stop allocating irrigation water from Angat Dam to Bulacan and Pampanga starting May 16 as water level drops below critical level.

The NWRB has begun reducing the allocation in the irrigation of the said provinces from 3,450 million liters per day to 2,590 million liters for the first two weeks of May.

READ: Water level in Angat dam declines further

NWRB Executive Director Sevillo David said the reduced allocation will not affect the said provinces because they are already close to harvest season.

“Sa tingin natin hindi makaka-apekto ito sa mga palayan diyan kasi nga po halos patapos na ang pagtatanim diyan at malapit na po mag-ani ang mga kababayan natin sa Bulacan at Pampanga kaya sa tingin natin hindi na ganun kalaki ang pangangailangan nila sa tubig sa panahon na ito, (We think this will not affect the crops in Bulacan and Pampanga because planting season is over and harvest season is near. We think their need for irrigation water supply will not be as much)” he said.

Meanwhile, the NWRB continues to monitor the water level in Angat Dam and will also continue to conduct cloud seeding to aid in the water supply.

“Masusi nating binabantayan ang kasalukuyang level at iyong mga development sa panahon kasi alam naman po natin na iyong pag-recover ng dam partikular ang Angat umaasa tayo sa mga pagulan, (We are carefully monitoring the water level and the development in the weather because the recovery of a dam, particularly in Angat [Dam] relies on rain)” according to David.

Water level in Angat Dam is currently in 177.5 meters from the 212 meters normal high water level.

The NWRB estimates that the water level will only reach as low as 173 meters before May ends.(with reports from Mon Jocson)

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The world is sadder and angrier but positivity remains high—major study finds

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Friday, April 26th, 2019

The world is sadder, angrier, and fearful compared to previous years according to Gallup’s annual Global State of Emotions report.

Based on the Negative Experience Index of Gallup in 2018, the percentage of people who feel a lot of worries increased to 39%, a point higher compared to the previous year. People who feel sadness (24%) also increased by one point from the previous year while anger (22%) increased by two points.

Overall, the world scored 30% in Gallup’s Negative Experience Index. It remained unchanged since 2017 but it continued to increase since 2006 (24%).

However, people worldwide scored 71% in the Positive Experience Index which is two points higher compared to last year.

“At least seven in 10 people worldwide said they experienced a lot of enjoyment (71%), felt well-rested (72%), smiled or laughed a lot (74%) and felt treated with respect (87%),” the reports states.

Gallup conducted 151,000 interviews in more than 140 countries in 2018. Each individual was asked five questions for the Positive Experience Index and five questions for the Negative Experience Index.

POSITIVE EXPERIENCE INDEX QUESTIONS

  • Did you feel well-rested yesterday?
  • Were you treated with respect all day yesterday?
  • Did you smile or laugh a lot yesterday?
  • Did you learn or do something interesting yesterday?
  • Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about enjoyment?

NEGATIVE EXPERIENCE INDEX QUESTIONS

  • Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday How about physical pain?
  • Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday How about worry?
  • Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about sadness?
  • Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about stress?
  • Did you experience the following feelings during a lot of the day yesterday? How about anger?

—Aileen Cerrudo

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Duterte admin mulls over creation of Department of Water

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019

The Duterte Administration is studying the creation of the Department of Water to mitigate the severe effects of El Niño and water shortage.

According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet members discussed the possibility of forming a Department of Water during the 36th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on Monday night (April 1).

READ: El Niño damage to PH agriculture P4.35B

“A roadmap was presented, which included immediate, medium and long-term interventions, such as making an intensive campaign for the conservation of water and energy,” Panelo said.

Also discussed during the meeting, according to Panelo, is the formation of the Department of Disaster Resilience, dredging of waterways, replacing tunnels and aqueducts, installing water tank systems in all Department of Health hospitals and providing funding for the establishment of water treatment plants.

He said this will synchronize the actions of all government agencies and prevent the water interruption from happening again.—Aileen Cerrudo with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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