DLSU and Grand Challenges Canada Helm Rural Water Supply Project

Dr. Sheree Pagsuyoin of Canada’s University of Waterloo, Dr. Joost Santos of George Washington University, De La Salle University’s Dr. Raymond Tan, and members of De La Salle University’s Chemical Engineering Department conducted an inception seminar in Mulanay, Quezon for a proposed rural water supply project that will be undertaken in the area.

The project aims to provide year-round access to potable water to rural communities using indigenous and low-cost materials, with the malunggay as a chief component of the system. The project also seeks to reduce the incidence of waterborne diseases and raise awareness on matters of health and hygiene.

Beyond producing a low-cost biofiltration system, a business model will be implemented for the commercialization of the technology. Moreover, the cultivation of the malunggay, derivative products, and livelihood projects are also being developed.

The project is supported by Grand Challenges Canada, a grant giving body funded by the Canadian government which seeks to support innovators based in low- and middle income countries and Canada. Projects supported by Grand Challenges Canada must integrate science, technology, social, and business innovation.

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