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“With the formal commissioning of this mobile water treatment compact unit, we are assured that when deployed to support relief operations anywhere in the archipelago, it would work with utmost efficiency”, said Civil Defense Administrator Usec Ricardo B Jalad during the commissioning ceremony attended by OCD officials and representatives of the Hungarian Water Technologies Corporation (HWTC) held at the NDRRM Operation Center today 23 October 2019.

The donated equipment was tested through a live demonstration held 19 October 2020 which was participated in by Usec Jalad, Hungary’s new ambassador to the Philippines: Dr. Titanilla Toth, HWTC CEO Adrian Kiss and officials from OCD and the Hungarian Embassy.

During the ceremony, a plaque of appreciation was presented to HWTC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Adrian Kiss and to HWTC Trainer Tamas Szigeti for their efforts in the training of personnel on using the water treatment unit. Certificates were also given to OCD personnel who were trained by HWTC on the use of the donated equipment last 16-23 October 2020.

“HWTC’s mission includes the provision of safe drinking water to all, especially in times of disaster. It is therefore our honor to be of help to the Philippines in its effort to enhance its disaster response capability in the area of water service.” said HWTC CEO Adrian Kiss. HWTC is a leading water utility firm in Hungary whose technologies and products had been used in various parts of the globe.

The NDRRMC received the donated water treatment unit last 10 July 2020 in a turnover ceremony attended by Usec Jalad, other OCD officials, then-Hungarian Ambassador to the Philippines Jozsef Bencze and officials from the Hungarian Embassy and representatives of HWTC.

The donated-water treatment compact unit is capable of easy deployment and can produce up to 6,000 liters of potable water per hour in case of surface water, or 3,000 liters per hour in case of sea water. The complete equipment is installed in 8 smaller containers. This is an addition to the existing complement of water treatment equipment of the NDRRMC used in disaster response.