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3 T1 Advance + units (mobile water treatment system) purchased by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes office will be deployed as follows:

Unit 1 is bound for Guiuan, Leyte. It will be flown in via C130 on November 19, 2013. I will deploy it along with 2 water technicians. The unit will be turned over to the DOH on the ground for their use and mobilization. The 2 water technicians will stay behind to train DOH personnel. Joby Gochoco

Unit 2 is bound for Tacloban, Leyte. This will be turned over to the Navy on November 20, 2013. It will then be loaded on the next available vessel bound for Tacloban. It is meant to go to the DOH on the ground in Tacloban. The Navy will assist in delivering the unit to DOH Tacloban. Chito G Rojas

Unit 3 is bound for Tagbilaran, Bohol. This will also be turned over to the Navy on November 20, 2013 and loaded on the next available vessel bound for Bohol. Again. this is to be turned over to the DOH on the ground. Christian Suzette

My team and myself are preparing for all of the above and will be on site for the deployments and will conduct the training of the operators in the field. I have geared up the technicians so that they will be self sufficient however we will need the following:

Transport on the ground (Guiuan, Tacloban, Tagbilaran)
Gasoline for genset
Information on water sources (working tap, deepwell, rivers, lakes, floodwaters)
Security

After evaluation of information, I conclude that we will need transport on the ground particularly in Tacloban. I plan to drive our own 4×4 down to Tacloban so that we will have mobility on the ground. If there is anyone who would like to volunteer a vehicle that is capable, please let me know immediately. I need a vehicle there so that my technicians have a mobility options particularly ingress and egress. A pickup is preferred since the T1 can fit on the back of a pickup truck.

Furthermore, I have mobilized the purchase and importation of 20 units of 100 gallon water bladders. These cost USD150.00/piece. Totaling USD3000.00 Thanks to those that have pledged donations.

This is a general update for those who have shown interest in the T1. Also, for those who would like to help. We are prepared to deploy on our own but any help is welcome!

Thanks for your time!

The power of Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda)

Typhoon Haiyan (renamed Tyhoon Yolanda) made landfall in the Philippines on November 8, 2013.  It was forecasted to be the strongest typhoon for the year and one of the strongest typhoons recorded.

While the capital of the Philippines (Manila) was spared the province of Leyte was badly hit by the storm. News and images were not readily available and majority of the Filipino people did not know how devastated the provinces were after Typhoon Haiyan passed thru them.

Relief efforts were organized and instructions were given by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to deploy three (3) units of the T1 Advance Plus to Leyte.

Test Post

We decided to change to a blog type website in order for us to give up-to-date reports on our deployment to Leyte next week, November 20, 2013 – onwards….