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Philippines Launches Solar-Powered Desalination Equipment

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In Dinagat town of Dinagat Islands (an island in the Philippines), solar-powered desalination equipment was launched. The equipment will benefit the 270 households in the village, one of the remote barangays in Dinagat town.

The Department of Trade and Industry – Caraga (DTI-13) said that desalination equipment will solve the problem of portable and safe water in the areas which are hit by natural disasters including Barangay Cab-ilan.

Verdex Engineering Company, a renewable energy system design company gave this equipment. The project was launched in the presence of DTI Provincial Director, Elmer Natad, Dinagat Islands Vice Governor, Nilo Demerey Jr., and DIPCCI President Leonel Rojo.

DTI-13 Regional Director Gay Tidalgo said, “Cab-ilan is one of the many island barangays in the province that has difficulty in getting drinking water.”

“Through the Dinagat Islands Provincial Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DIPCCI) as the custodian of the unit, we know that we will be able to help people in the community have easier access to potable water especially that their boats that they use to fetch their basic needs have also been destroyed by the typhoon,” Tidalgo said.

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Louie Pacana of Verdex said, “The system can produce up to 1,000 liters of potable water per day using seawater as its source. The operation could be extended until nighttime if needed to increase the output to 3,000 liters by using an alternative power source.”

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