Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) pilot-tested a Japanese-developed water purifying technology last May in two of barangays of Sagay City, Negros Occidental in the Negros Island Region.
In a press statement, JICA said it is supporting the pilot testing of "Aqua Cube" technology in the Philippines to share Japanese expertise in addressing development challenges, including water supply in areas deprived of safe and affordable water.
The Aqua Cube was developed by Murakami Manufacturing Co. Ltd., and was introduced in the Philippines by INADA, Inc., a Japan-based marketing company.
It features a compact, all-in-one package including treatment, generator, water tank and simple operation and maintenance. It has a purification capacity of 2,000 litres per hour.
Once implemented, the Aqua Cube technology could process raw water from irrigation channels, rivers, and creeks. The technology has an auto-cleaning function and can produce clean drinking water for 600 people in an hour.
According to the local government of Sagay City, the Aqua Cube could help ensure the health of the people since it could purify water from deep wells, which are commonly contaminated with bacteria. The improved water quality has also helped the shelf life of buko pie products-which is a livelihood in barangays-to a week, thus helping increase sales by 50 percent, said the residents of Sagay City.
Since Aqua Cube is portable, it can be easily relocated to barangays, where safe drinking water is needed in times of disasters and emergencies.
This initiative is part of JICA's Verification Survey with the Private Sector for Disseminating Japanese Technologies-a component of official development assistance (ODA) of Japan, in which its companies work with government agencies to share technologies that can help the needs of developing countries.
"We aim to share Japanese technology that can help disseminate safe water to remote areas in the Philippines," said JICA Senior Representative Takahiro Morita. "Likewise, assuring supply of quality water in low-income areas is crucial in addressing public health challenges and livelihood opportunities."
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