Water supply remains a problem in Bohol Province 64 days after Typhoon Odette’s devastation, prompting Governor Arthur Yap to request the MWSS for the extended stay of the response team until the end of February 2022. There are still a number of severely damaged municipalities with power-dependent water systems that are still not operational. Our experienced team is well-prepared to deal with such situations. They are water, sanitation, logistics, and distribution experts who work 12 hours a day to ensure that victims of Typhoon Odette receive life-saving water.

On January 10, 2022, the team arrived in Bohol and was immediately deployed to Talibon, where they stayed for more than a week, providing residents with 100,000 liters of free potable water until they were transferred to Alburquerque.  The team then spent almost 2 weeks in Alburquerque, where they daily refilled three 1,500-liter static tanks and distributed over 100,000 liters of free potable water to the town’s residents.

Despite difficult transportation conditions (damaged or debris-covered roads) and a scarcity of fuel, the team traveled towing along the Mobile Water Treatment Plant (MWTP) to the outskirt barangays of Tambongan, Dapdapan, and Binowagan, dispensing an average of 6,000 liters per day and providing residents with a means of communication by charging their cellphones, laptops, power banks, and other rechargeable power devices (radios, lamps, flashlights)

The team inspected various sources in Bgy Tupas, Danao, and Candijay because residents are averse to drinking water sourced from canals, despite the fact that MWSS’ MWTP can treat any type of water into safe and high-quality drinking water at any location and under any condition.