Lack of potable or safe drinking water is always among the top issues that arise every time a calamity strikes. That is why aside from the devastation brought about by the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that struck Surigao del Norte on February 10, the locals had a hard time securing enough potable water for their consumption.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has since doubled its efforts not just to perform rescue efforts and relief operations but also to provide drinking water to residents of the province. However, the agency had admitted that it was a difficult challenge.
Fortunately, a number of companies and organizations have reached out to give assistance to earthquake victims. Coca-Cola Philippines was among those, as it immediately sent P100,000 worth of Wilkins Distilled water on February 11. The water bottles were distributed in Surigao City Hall with the help of the local government, a number of Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines pre-sellers, the Department of Social Welfare and Development, and 301B personnel of the Philippine Army.
That assistance did not end there, though. The Coca-Cola System (Coca-Cola Philippines, Coca-Cola FEMSA Philippines, and the Coca-Cola Foundation) has also been working with the local government to deploy SETA Potable Water Machines—mobile drinking water facilities that can treat and produce up to 3,000 liters per hour of safe drinking water—in various communities. The goal is to sustainably ease the need for potable water in the area and to continue supporting other rehabilitation efforts across Surigao.