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Thursday, February 5, 2015

DOST-IX distributes ceramic water filters to 4Ps beneficiaries in Siayan town

By Alfonso T. Ruda

SIAYAN, Zamboanga del Norte - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) through its Provincial Science and Technology Center in Zamboanga del Norte has recently distributed 50 units of ceramic water filter to the beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) here.

The distribution of the ceramic water filters to selected 4Ps beneficiaries aims to make local technology work and provide solutions to the the lack of safe drinking water in the community.

A few years back the National Statistics Coordination Board (NSCB) had declared Siayan the poorest municipality in the country where access to safe drinking water was a “major development concern.”

Engr. Marcial Dahonan, provincial director of DOST-Zamboanga del Norte together with Mayor Flora Villarosa led the distribution of the ceramic water filters last Jan. 22 at the municipal hall to Pantawid beneficiaries.

The recipients, 90 percent of whom belong to the Subanen tribe, were taught on the proper use of ceramic water filters with the Municipal Health Office (MHO) tasked to monitor its utilization by the households.

The DOST water purification system (WPS) is a simple technology that consists of a container and filtering medium, which is the ceramic pot filter (CPF). The ceramic filter is made up of red clay which is coated with nano-colloidal silver as the anti-microbial agent that replaces the chlorination process in traditional water filter systems. The ceramic pot typically sits or hangs on the top of a large plastic container, which is fitted with the tap at the bottom. A lid is placed on top of the filter to prevent contamination.

The system is capable to purify tap water, deep well water and raw water tainted with up to 3% suspended particles or silt and convert these into safe drinking water.

According to the Industrial Technology Development Institute (ITDI) of the DOST, the water filter has passed the Philippine National Standards (PNS) for drinking water in terms of microbiological and chemical analysis. 

DOST-IX Regional Director Brenda L. Nazareth-Manzano said the grant of the water filter to the community is one of the initiatives of the department under the project titled “Community Empowerment thru Science and Technology (CEST).”

Water and sanitation is just one of the component of CEST for the target communities in the region. The others are livelihood and economic enterprise development, health and nutrition, education and literacy, and disaster risk reduction and mitigation.