MIOX Corporation, the industry leader in on-site chemical generation technology, has partnered with Operation Blessing International (OBI), one of the largest charities in America, for disaster relief efforts in the Philippines following Super Typhoon Haiyan.
Six (6) MIOX BPS portable sodium hypochlorite generators and one (1) SANILEC 6 sodium hypochlorite generator have been deployed to the Philippines by Operation Blessing International. The seven (7) clean water treatment technologies have the combined capacity to treat approximately 500,000 gallons of water each day, providing safe drinking water in life-threatening conditions.
Operation Blessing International President, Bill Horan, confirms lack of safe drinking water is one of the biggest problems facing the relief efforts. With raw sewage overflowing as a result of the typhoon, water supplies are contaminated.
”One of the most pressing challenges in a major disaster such as this is providing clean water,” says Horan. “These state-of-the-art MIOX units will be of immeasurable help in our efforts to provide clean drinking water for tens of thousands of people each day.”
MIOX President & CEO, Craig Beckman, said, “We are honored to partner with Operation Blessing in its efforts on the ground in the Philippines. At our core, MIOX is about safe water disinfection and clean drinking water. Everyone wants to help in times of great suffering, and we are glad to be a central part of Operation Blessing’s strategy in Tacloban.”
Operation Blessing VP of International Operations, David Darg, is on the ground in Tacloban, Philippines preparing for the arrival of the portable sodium hypochlorite water treatment systems. David, who has been a first responder to over 100 natural disasters globally, says the level of suffering in the Philippines is among the worst he has ever witnessed.
“There’s a tremendous amount of aid that is ready to pour into the country, but the port was destroyed and the local infrastructure severely damaged,” said Darg. “This is making the transportation of aid to the hardest hit areas near impossible.”
According to Darg, the most important thing right now is to provide clean water.
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For more information or to donate to the relief efforts, please visit http://www.ob.org/
About Operation Blessing International
Operation Blessing International (OBI) is one of the largest charities in America, providing strategic disaster relief, medical aid, hunger relief, clean water and community development in 23 countries around the world on a daily basis. Currently, Forbes ranks OBI as one of its “100 Largest Charities” with an efficiency rating of 99%, and Consumers Digest also named OBI as one of “America’s Top Charities” in 2012. Founded in 1978, Operation Blessing International has touched the lives of more than 255 million people in more than 105 countries and 50 states, providing goods and services valued at over $3.3 billion to date.
Operation Blessing International began working in the Philippines in the early 1980s by pioneering fresh water programs to the residents of the trash dump known as “Smokey Mountain.” In 1996, Operation Blessing Foundation Philippines was created and has worked to fight hunger, disease, unemployment, illiteracy, abuse, and to respond to major disasters ever since. Under the direction of Dr. Kim April C. Pascual, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, more than a million Filipinos have been helped through various humanitarian outreaches spearheaded by OB or in collaboration with OB partner agencies such as non-profit organizations, local government units, the Department of Health, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), and the Armed Forces of the Philippines. In recognition of OB’s efforts, it was awarded as NGO of the Year for Peace Efforts by the Philippines government in 2002 and 2003, and as NGO of the Year in 2006 and 2007.
To see an electronic press kit of OBI’s work please visit: http://ob.org/learnmore/