Balay Mindanao, a non-government organization, is currently providing “mineralized” or purified water for villagers in Oas, Albay whose water facilities were devastated by the typhoons that hit Bicol in the past weeks.

Councilor Raymond Raquid, who facilitated the project implementation on Thursday, said the group lent them a Sky Hydrant Purifying Machine that could produce some 12,000 cubic meters of potable water in an eight-hour period.

Top photo: POTABLE WATER. A technician is preparing a Sky Hydrant Purifying Machine in Oas, Albay for the purification process that will produce some 12,000 cubic meters of clean water in eight hours. The machine was lent by non-government organization Balay Mindanao to residents of the town where potable water is scarce after the past typhoons damaged water pipes. (Photo courtesy of Jo Roco)

Raquid said the purifying machine will be roving from one barangay to another, but will prioritize areas that do not have supply of clean water, or those with water but which is not suitable for drinking.

“We already identified at least seven to eight barangays that are in dire need of drinking water. We are going to bring the machine there,” Raquid said in an interview.

In the priority list for water distribution were the flood-hit villages of Centro Poblacion, Iraya Sur, Iraya Norte, Ilaor Sur and Ilaor Norte, all in the town proper; and the interior barangays of Rizal and Calzada.

Oas was one of the towns that experienced massive flooding as it is located in the basin areas of Albay and the adjacent towns of Camarines Sur.

Dikes and water system facilities were also damaged in Oas by “Ulysses” and “Rolly”-spawned floodwaters coming from river tributaries connected to the gullies of Mayon Volcano.

Raquid said officers of Balay Mindanao had positively responded to their request to bring their purifying machines previously used in Marawi City to Albay.

Oas, Polangui, and Libon are three rice granary towns in Albay that are perennially hit by massive flooding during heavy downpours and typhoons. (Samuel Toledo, PNA)