LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – Access to potable water is a problem in many rural areas, and the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is coming to the rescue with the introduction of new technology.
Dr. Victor Mariano, DOST-Cordillera regional director, said a funding of more than P4 million is allotted for ceramic water filter for the municipality of Bauko, Mountain Province.
Bauko municipal government was identified as the technology adaptor which identified an area to establish the production center of the low-cost ceramic filter that would provide increased access of the people to potable water.
‘It is our mandate to help improve the quality of living that is why we have developed an efficient, stable low cost and easy to use water purification system’, Mariano said
DOST central office provided a total of P2,273,133 million with its regional office sharing P90,000 while the Bauko municipal government infused P2,350,000 million for the realization of the project. Other agencies that contributed for the project include the Department of Trade and Industry Department of Labor and Employment, among others.
Beneficiaries include the municipal government and the Bila Potters’ Association. The people of barangay Bila have been into ceramic pottery making for long time already. (JDP/JBZ- PIA CAR)