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Desalination plant inaugurated by DND, AFP and Batanes LGU

Armed Forces of the Philippines installs desalination plant in Mavulis Island


MANILA – Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana was guest of honor in the inauguration of a desalination plant system in the Philippines’ northernmost outpost in Mavulis Island in Batanes Province yesterday.


The desalination plant is capable of producing 1.500 gallons of potable water daily. It was completed through the partnership of the AFP’s Northern Luzon Command (NOLCOM) and the AFP Savings and Loan Association Incorporated (AFPSLAI).


AFPSLAI donated P3.09 million for the construction.


The project begun in July 2020 and is part of the government’s efforts to improve the facilities and living conditions of its military outposts. In 2018, the Department of National Defense started its electrification project in Mavulis as it installed 1.2 Kilowatt solar photovoltaic system in partnership with One Meralco Foundation.


Mavulis Island, where NOLCOM personnel are assigned, severs as shelter for Filipino fishermen during rough weather conditions.


AFP Chief of Staff General Cirilito Sobejana, NOLCOM Commander Lt. General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, Jr., Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco and other senior DND and AFP officials attended the event. (Melo M. Acuña)

Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana leads the simple inaugural rites of a desalination plant worth more than P 3 million in Mavulis Island, Batanes. Others in photo are AFP Chief of Staff Cirilito Sobejana, AFP NOLCOM Chief Lt. General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos, Jr, and Batanes Governor Marilou Cayco. (DND Contributed photos)

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