Israel donates water filtration systems to typhoon-hit Philippines

The Israeli Embassy in the Philippines facilitated the transfer of Israeli-made water filtration systems to typhoon-stricken regions of the Philippines. The Manila Times reported on Monday.

The systems embarked on March 29 for “Del Carmen and San Isidro on Siargao Island, and Cagdianao and Basilisa on Dinagat Islands,” the report said.

Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Ilan River and Deputy Head of Mission Nir Balzam attended a handover ceremony along with senior Philippine government officials.

“Water is life,” River said. “This donation is Israel’s initiative to support and promote access to clean water in the Philippines. When Typhoon Odette hit areas in Mindanao, Israel recognized the need for safe drinking water. We have coordinated with MinDA [the Mindanao Development Authority] to identify where we could expand this assistance.”

“Israel’s innovation and technology can help solve some of the Philippines’ challenges,” the ambassador said.

According to the report, the Israeli-made technology is a portable, crank-operated machine capable of taking water from a polluted source like a river and purifying it at up to 400 liters per hour, “enough to supply the daily water needs of 300 to 400 people.”

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