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PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Albay’s humanitarian mission in CDO and Iligan cities ends

LEGAZPI CITY, January 10 (PIA/LGU Albay) -- Members of the Albay WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) Mercy Mission are now back home after spending the holidays helping typhoon and flood victims in Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities in Mindanao.

The 50-member Albay WASH Mercy Mission, composed of medical doctors, nurses and other volunteer health workers, provided medical assistance and helped ease the serious lack of potable drinking water among the hapless flood victims in Mindanao.

The mission brought with them Albay’s now popular Water Purifying Machine, which can filter and decontaminate 33,000 liters of polluted water per hour and render it potable and safe for human consumption.

The water purifying machine has been proven vital in post calamity events or whenever the need for potable drinking water arise, It has been widely appreciated by people in Albay, Pangasinan, Isabela, Iloilo, Aklan, Marikina and Quezon City where it was fielded after they were devastated by calamitous weather disturbances, notably Typhoons Juan, Frank, Ondoy and Pepeng.

Salceda said the dispatch of their WASH mission in Mindanao is also in response to President Noynoy Aquino's call for help for tropical storm Sendong victims, and “in the spirit of solidarity among LGUs and the sense of kinship between our peoples, so critical in overcoming this period of distress”.

The WASH Mercy Mission is apart from from the Albay Sendong Aid Mission (ASAM) which was earlier dispatched to deliver the P1-million donation of the province -- P500,000 each for Cagayan de Oro City and Iligan City.

A calamity prone province, Albay has constantly been honing its disaster risks reduction capability and has been successful with its ‘zero casualty goal’ through ‘preemptive evacuation,’ a pioneering disaster strategy, that is now a byword.

Salceda said the deployment of their WASH Mercy Mission in Mindanao is also being coordinated by Office of Civil Defense in Legazpi City, headed by Regional Director Raffy Alejandro, who also chairs the Bicol Regional Disaster Risks Reduction and Management Office.

AECID or Agencia Española Cooperacion International Para El Desarrollo, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation, provided the bulk of the funds for the WASH mission, Salceda added. (MAL/PIO, LGU Albay)

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