The Ayala-led Manila Water Company (MWC) has stepped in to help in the ongoing emergency relief efforts in areas in Mindanao devastated by typhoon “Pablo” by deploying its Mobile Treatment Plant along with nine personnel to provide safe and potable water to affected residents in Purok 1 & 3 in Compostela Town Proper, Compostela Valley, one of the provinces hard hit by the recent typhoon. Equipment and crew were ferried to the area by a C-130 cargo plane Philippine Air Force (PAF).
The mobile water treatment plant was able to provide 34, 000 liters of water to the affected communities during its first three days of operations. Water from Agusan River is filtered and treated to ensure its potability.
Residents of New Bataan are also able to benefit from the provision of potable water through trucks that transport the treated water from Agusan River to this hard hit municipality in the province.
Manila Water’s relief effort is being done in coordination with government agencies such as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the office of Compostela Valley 1st District Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora-Apsay.
The lady solon even personally tested the treated water before it is delivered to the residents to demonstrate that it is safe to drink.
It was not the first time that Manila Water has deployed such facility for free to assist in similar situations, Manila Water President Gerardo Ablaza Jr. said adding that it was previously used in the Bicol region, Iloilo, Quezon province, Jolo and Cagayan de Oro when those areas were also struck by calamities.
Aside from providing safe and potable water, Manila Water has also donated food packs and medicines to the victims of typhoon “Pablo”.
The company’s personnel deployed to Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley headed by Edilberto Mercado, the company’s Network Compliance Manager, also constructed temporary comfort rooms that the affected residents can use.