THE ISLAND provinces of Siargao and Dinagat — the two hardest hit areas by Typhoon Odette, internationally known as Rai in December — on Tuesday received water filtration systems donated by the Israel Embassy.
“Water is life. This donation is Israel’s initiative to support and promote access to potable water in the Philippines,” Israel Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan Fluss said in a Facebook post on Thursday.
“When Typhoon Odette struck the areas in Mindanao, Israel saw the need for clean, drinking water. We coordinated with MinDA (Mindanao Development Authority) to help identify which areas we could extend this assistance,” he added.
The portable crank-operated machine is capable of purifying water from a polluted source at 400 liters per hour, which could cover the daily water needs of up to 400 people.
“Israel’s innovation and technology can contribute to solving some of the challenges of the Philippines,” Mr. Fluss said.
MinDA and local government units in Mindanao also received training from Israel’s Center for International Cooperation in 2021 for water conservation and management. — Alyssa Nicole O. Tan