Revisit: Filipino inventor’s portable water treatment device
Aileen Cerrudo • March 15, 2019 • 13939
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)
British media personality Piers Morgan called Filipino nurses in the United Kingdom (UK) as “unsung heroes” in the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) fight.
During the “Good Morning Britain” broadcast on Tuesday (April 7), Morgan lauded the contribution of Filipino workers, and other immigrant workers, to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS).
He gave a shoutout to some of these workers saying, “amazing number of Filipinos working at NHS and unsung heroes.”
“These are the immigrants currently saving people’s lives, coming here and enriching our country and doing an amazing job. Thank you to all Filipinos who are here doing an amazing work and to every other immigrant working at NHS,” Morgan said.
The media personality also hoped that people in the United Kingdom will have “a different feeling about what immigration has done for the country.” AAC
A bus driver in the United States (US) died 11 days after he posted a video on Facebook complaining about a coughing passenger.
50-year-old Detroit bus driver Jason Hargrove posted a video on March 21 recounting an incident where an woman in her late fifties coughed several times without covering her mouth.
“I feel violated, I feel violated for those folks that was on the bus when this happened,” he said on his video.
He also advised everyone watching the video to take the pandemic seriously.
He reiterated his anger to the old woman who coughed without covering her mouth saying it was those kinds of people who are not taking the situation seriously.
“This is real, I’m out here. We are all here. We are moving in this city back and forth, trying to do our jobs and be professional about what we do,” he said.
“We’re out here as public workers, doing our job, trying to make an honest living to take care of our families. But for you to get on the bus, and stand on the bus, and cough several times without covering up your mouth, and you know that we’re in the middle of a pandemic, that lets me know that some folks don’t care.”
A week after his Facebook rant, Hangrove, a father of six, died on April 1 due to complications from COVID-19.
His video has already been viewed more than half a million times. Netizens are also rallying for the frontliners amid the COVID-19 pandemic. AAC
The video conferencing app, Zoom, has announced they are already addressing the privacy and security issues raised by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) due to ‘Zoombombing’ reports.
In a statement, Zoom Founder and CEO Eric Yuan said the company acknowledges the reports of users regarding privacy issues, saying these reports would help make the company better for its customers.
“Dedicated journalists and security researchers have also helped to identify pre-existing ones. We appreciate the scrutiny and questions we have been getting – about how the service works, about our infrastructure and capacity, and about our privacy and security policies,” he said.
The FBI said they received several reports in the United States that there has been an incident of ‘Zoombombing’ or video conferences being disrupted by pornographic and/or hate images and threatening language.
“Our chief concern, now and always, is making users happy and ensuring that the safety, privacy, and security of our platform is worthy of the trust you all have put in us,” Yuan said. AAC
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