Revisit: Filipino inventor’s portable water treatment device
Aileen Cerrudo • March 15, 2019 • 12173
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)
Before trying to take down Spiderman as the Green Goblin, Hollywood actor Willem Dafoe was at the EDSA People Power Revolution in 1986.
In an interview with Vanity Fair, the actor recalled how he marched with thousands of Filipino people who wanted then President Ferdinand Marcos to step down from his office.
Dafoe flew to Manila to work on the film Platoon, for which he was nominated best supporting actor.
“I arrived in the Philippines and my plane was the last plane in because there was a revolution. ‘Sit tight, the movie’s canceled, we’ll get you out when we can.’ So for about three or four days, me and a couple of other people that were there ahead of time were out on the streets with the people.
After the revolution, the movie resumed production and Dafoe, along with the other casts and film crew, returned to the country to shoot the movie.
“It was an incredible feeling because it was a revolution that happened for the most part without violence,” he said.—AAC
A video of a couple getting engaged at a KFC branch in South Africa has gone viral on social media. One journalist mocked them on Twitter, calling the guy “broke” for proposing in a fast food restaurant.
However, the internet will not have any of that negativity.
When the fast food restaurant stumbled upon the post, they immediately took action and offered to sponsor their wedding.
Netizens helped track down the couple. Eventually other big brands such as Coke and SA Audi among others joined the buzz offering free services for the couple’s wedding. Even the bands that will be performing on their special day are by famous artists.
Kateka Malobola, who filmed and posted the original clip expressed his delight in a follow up video at how things turned out for the couple.
#KFCProposal became one of the top trending topics on Twitter and everyone is sending good vibes and best wishes to the couple.—AAC
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