04 June 2021
(From left) Ceremonial turnover of the CWF units to the respective PDRRMOs of Kalinga, Mt. Province and Ifugao headed by PSTC Directors Jasmin Donaal (for Kalinga), Alfonso Berto (for Mt. Province) and Genna Jallorina (for Ifugao).
To address issues on access to safe drinking water for households and evacuation centers especially during calamities when water is scarce or damaged utilities are yet to be rehabilitated, the DOST-CAR recently turned over seventy (70) units of DOST-Ceramic Water Filters (CWF) to the Kalinga Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (PDRRMO) (on May 26, 2021), 65 units to the Mt. Province PDRRMO (on May 31, 2021) and 65 units to the Ifugao PDRRMO (on June 4, 2021).
The CWF is a patent innovative solution of the DOST- Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) and was rolled out to the different regions starting 2012. For CAR, the project was established by DOST-CAR in Bila, Bauko, Mountain Province through a 2013 project in partnership with the Municipal Local Government Unit (LGU) of Bauko, and the barangay LGU of Bila, Bauko. The CWF in Bila, Bauko is the source of the CWF units currently being deployed to the different PDRRMOs in the region, which is part of the DOST-CAR’s Local GIA project for DRRM and targeted to be completed within the year.
The CWF technology is portable and uses red clay filtering agent with nanotechnology silver coating with anti-microbial feature. This system uses the principle of gravity and can filter tap or deep well water at the rate of two liters per hour. Moreover, it is relatively cheaper than commercially available filtering systems. The filter can last up to one year before replacement.
Meanwhile, the clay used for the project was locally sourced and processed in the ceramic filter facility on a private lot in barangay Bila donated by Bauko Mayor Abraham Akilit. To establish the facility, the DOST central office provided a total of P2.28 million, DOST-CAR with P90,000.00 and the Bauko MLGU with P2.35 million.
The project is not only in line with DOST’s thrust to make local technologies work for the people particularly on safe and effective water sanitation but also to support the livelihood of communities.// Christian Sandoval