Revisit: Filipino inventor’s portable water treatment device
Aileen Cerrudo • March 15, 2019 • 11833
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 angnagpapatunaynaangtubignamadudumingkinukuhanatin 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)
The Department of Tourism (DOT) celebrates the recognition of Palawan after it was hailed as among the world’s 10 best islands by CNN Travel.
Tourism Secretary Bernadette Romulo-Puyat has lauded the efforts of the local government in Palawan for promoting sustainable tourism.
“Our rehabilitation efforts to preserve the beauty of Palawan did not go unnoticed. We are thankful for this CNN citation of our tourist destinations,” she said.
According to CNN Travel, Palawan is “a gorgeous haven of pale sand and clear water.”
Included in the list of best islands in the world are Milos, Greece; Bartolomé, Ecuador; Fregate, Seychelles; St. Lucia, Lesser Antilles; Jura, Scotland; Komodo Island, Indonesia; and Kaua’i, United States.
Meanwhile, Travel+Leisure magazine in New York ranked Palawan second among world’s best islands.—AAC
The remains of a missing man who had been missing for 22 years was found by a former resident of the Grand Isles community in Wellington, Florida (United States) while checking his old neighborhood through Google Earth.
He then contacted the current owner of the house and used his personal drone to confirm the report. He immediately reported the incident to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office (PBCSO).
Authorities conducted a retrieval operation and found skeletons inside the car. Upon investigation, they were able to confirm the identity of the remains.
“On September 10, 2019, the remains were positively identified as William Moldt, who was reported missing on November 8, 1997,” according to the post of the (PBCSO).—AAC
Despite the rising water level in Angat Dam, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) has expressed concern about the possibility of another water crisis next year.
The NWRB said that if Angat Dam fails to reach its normal operating level, Metro Manila might experience another shortage come dry season.
Because of this, Congressman Ruffy Biazon, during the House Committee on Metro Manila Development hearing on Wednesday (August 28), recommended the use of Laguna Lake as a permanent source of domestic water.
This aims to address the shortage of water supply in Metro Manila and its neighboring cities and provinces in case the water level in Angat Dam recedes anew.
“Kasi iilan lang yung nakikinabang doon eh. Pinagkakakitaan yung Laguna Lake hindi para sa paggamit ng ordinaryong mamayan kung hindi sa paggamit ng mga interes ng kumpanya,” Biazon said.
The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) agreed that this can be done, although they admit that they do not have the funding to conduct dredging in the lake.
They also cited the expense that will be incurred in treating and eliminating the saltwater from Manila Bay that gets combined to the water in the lake.
Add to this is the fast-increasing formation of algae which affects the quality of the water.
“Ang Laguna Lake kaya niyang i-supply ang requirement for domestic water supply as source of domestic water. Ang problema lang is more on the water quality,” said Engr. Emiterio Hernandez of the LLDA.
To date, Maynilad and Manila Water get a small percentage of water supply from Laguna Lake for their customers in Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, and Bulacan.
Meanwhile, water levels in several dams are continuously increasing due to the rains being experienced in the country.
As of 8:00 a.m. Wednesday, the water level in Angat Dam has reached 181.74 meters.
Ipo Dam water level, on the other hand, has gone up to 11.82 meters; while that of La Mesa Dam went up to 77.18. (from the report of Joan Nano) /mbmf
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