SEA­WA­TER DE­SALI­NA­TION EYED FOR COCO FARM­ERS

This is part of their search for a sus­tain­able source of wa­ter for co­conut plan­ta­tions.

Sun.Star Davao - - BUSINESS - BY GILFORD A. DOQUILA / Re­porter

“As an op­tion lagi sa amoang pag­pan­gita ug sus­tain­able source of wa­ter, we are now think­ing of da­gat as the source of wa­ter-de­sali­na­tion (As an op­tion in our search for sus­tain­able source of wa­ter, we are now think­ing of sea­wa­ter as the source through de­sali­na­tion).” EDNAR DAYANGHIRANG, chief of staff of Davao Ori­en­tal gov­er­nor Nel­son Dayanghirang

The pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment of Davao Ori­en­tal is eye­ing sea­wa­ter de­sali­na­tion to help co­conut farm­ers in Davao Ori­en­tal, a gov­ern­ment of­fi­cial said.

Ednar Dayanghirang, chief of staff of Davao Ori­en­tal gov­er­nor Nel­son Dayanghirang, said this ini­tia­tive is in­spired from the ge­o­graph­i­cal set­ting of the prov­ince, which faces the Pa­cific Ocean.

“As an op­tion lagi sa amoang pag­pan­gita ug sus­tain­able source of wa­ter, we are now think­ing of da­gat as the source of wa­ter-de­sali­na­tion (As an op­tion in our search for sus­tain­able source of wa­ter, we are now think­ing of sea­wa­ter as the source through de­sali­na­tion),” Dayanghirang said on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 12, 2018 in a me­dia fo­rum at Habi at Kape, Abreeza Mall, Davao City.

He added the prov­ince ex­pe­ri­ences ex­treme hot weather con­di­tion that af­fected co­conut plan­ta­tions.

“That’s why we want to think out­side the box, In fact, gikan ko og Tai­wan. I was asked by the gov­ern­ment to go there to study ang de­sali­na­tion plant dadto sa Penghu prov­ince (In fact, I just came from Tai­wan. I was asked by the gov­ern­ment to go there to study the de­sali­na­tion plant in Penghu prov­ince),” Dayanghirang said.

He also said the waste of the pro­posed de­sali­na­tion plant is salt which is a vital com­po­nent for co­conut growth as a fer­til­izer.

“The asin (salt) which will be pro­duced from de­sali­na­tion will be given to the farm­ers,” Dayanghirang added.

In terms of fi­nanc­ing the plant, Dayanghirang said, he re­cently at­tended a meet­ing with small-scale de­sali­na­tion plant own­ers and learned that it would only cost P2 mil­lion to start-up the plant which can ac­com­mo­date 12,000 liters of wa­ter.

Dayanghirang said if the na­tional gov­ern­ment sup­ports the es­tab­lish­ment of the de­sali­na­tion plant, then this will re­sult in less im­por­ta­tion of salt for the prov­ince’s co­conut farm­ers.

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