Balay Mindanaw Purifiers make clean water accessible for typhoon victims

Balay Mindanaw's Purifiers
Balay Mindanaw volunteers with Sky Hydrant Purifying Machines that provide clean drinking water for typhoon victims. Photo from Balay Mindanaw.

Non-profit group Balay Mindanaw’s Sky Hydrant Water Purifiers are making clean drinking water accessible for communities in the Philippines devastated by recent typhoons Rolly and Ulysses.

The non-government organization (NGO) shared on November 19, 2020, that they have installed SkyHydrant water filtration units in the provinces of Albay and Catanduanes, two areas hardest hit by the typhoons, to provide “mineralized” or purified water to villagers. Councilor Raymond Raquid of Oas, Albay says that the purifying machine could produce some 12,000 cubic meters of clean water in the span of eight hours.

As of now, the SkyHydrant is based in the Municipal Hall with the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (MDRRMO), Councilor Raquid, and the Rotary Club of Legazpi for the mobile water distribution to at least thirteen barangays in Oas, Albay without access to potable water.

The Balay Mindanaw team traveled to Virac, Catanduanes for the operation of the purifying machine together with volunteers and MDRRMO staff and learned that the lack of safe drinking water was already one of the leading problems faced by the Municipality even before Typhoon Rolly made its landfall on November. The Province of Catanduanes is the ground zero of Typhoon Rolly, the worst hit of which are the Municipalities of Bato, Virac, San Andres, and Bagamanok.

Recently, the Balay Mindanaw DREAM-TRU Team has also been able to serve 800 households in Santolan, Pasig City with 4,000 liters of safe drinking water using the SkyHydrant Ultrafiltration system donated by charity Disaster Aid Australia.

Balay Mindanaw Foundation Inc. (BMFI) is a Filipino Mindanao-based and focused non-profit organization dedicated to peace-building and development work in the rural areas of Mindanao. The group is accepting donations to continue its mission and upcoming outreach work for Filipino families in typhoon-devastated communities Bicol, National Capital Region, and Cagayan Valley.

You can donate and make drinking water accessible to typhoon victims through Balay Mindanaw’s Facebook page.

Typhoon response activities have been initiated by Pinoy celebrities like Catriona Gray, Angel Locsin, and Jericho Rosales, and the University of the Philippines alumni network.

SEND CHEERS in the comments below to non-profit Balay Mindanaw group for providing safe drinking water to typhoon victims in the Philippines!

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