Global humanitarian aid organization Waves for Water (W4W) together with Cebu Pacific Air donated 80 units of water filtration systems to Iloilo province to help provide safe drinking water to residents in areas with recorded acute gastroenteritis or cholera cases.
The donation was facilitated by Angat Buhay Foundation Iloilo.
W4W Philippines country director Jenica Dizon with Cebu Pacific personnel, namely, Atty. Cecille Natividad, Mara Duterte, Aldrich Alvaera, and Krisha de Chavez, and Jennifer Mae Ladrido of Robredo People’s Council (RPC) Iloilo turned over the water filtration systems to the office of Gov. Arthur Defensor, Jr. on Sept. 27, 2022.
Dizon made a demonstration on how to use the water filtration system in front of Gov. Defensor and the personnel from the Provincial Engineer’s Office led by Provincial Engr. Romeo Andig.
Waves for Water filtration system is effective in making rainwater and other cloudy liquid fit for human consumption. At 0.1 micron absolute, the filters make it possible to drink from a water source without the risk of any life-threatening contaminants passing through — preventing the spread of waterborne diseases and severe dehydration.
Dizon said, with proper cleaning and maintenance the system could last for five years just like those used in Tacloban City, Leyte after supertyphoon Yolanda.
Gov. Defensor thanked W4W Philippines and Cebu Pacific for the donation “which is very much needed by our people.”
The water filtration systems will be deployed to 16 barangays at five each. The recipient barangays could establish community water depots that can serve larger communities in need.
Engr. Andig noted that they could incorporate the water filtration systems to the water system projects of the provincial government to ensure safe drinking water.
Cebu Pacific helped transport the water filtration systems to Iloilo province free of charge.
“Waves For Water’s collaboration with Cebu Pacific has paved the way for us to reach more underserved communities throughout the Philippines,” said Dizon.
“The joint effort is a testament to the organization’s ethos of serving as a platform for strategic partnerships that will make clean water access a reality for all Filipinos across the archipelago,” she added.
It was learned that W4W and Cebu Pacific transported two tons (1,447 units) worth of water filtration systems free of charge, across seven affected provinces, namely Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Palawan, Southern Leyte, and Surigao del Norte in the aftermath of typhoon Odette last year.