CAMP CAPINPIN, Tanay, Rizal – The Filipino people’s ingenuity was tapped by the 2nd Infantry Division when they recycled drums to portable wash stations and deployed them to different Quarantine Control Points or QCP in Rizal Province on Tuesday.
Aside from containing the spread of COVID-19, the innovation also serves as communications tool to educate passersby on the importance of personal hygiene to defeat the deadly virus plaguing the world through witty printed slogans.
According to Major General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, Commander of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Division which covers Southern Tagalog, his headquarters is planning to manufacture more wash stations as they try to “install at least one of this per QCP in our Area of Responsibility”.
“We look at this crisis as an opportunity for us to contribute to the community through innovative endeavors, such as this, which will promote positive change upon our people’s behavior and at the same time promoting our common advocacy of saving the Earth by reducing garbage”, said Maj Gen Burgos.
The military is willing to share the technology and hoping that it will be replicated in other areas, particularly the hands-free feature which will allow the users to sanitize their hands without any contact with the faucet.
Maj Gen Burgos explained that they have “designed the wash stations as hands-free to prevent users from reacquiring bacteria or virus immediately after washing their hands while ensuring that it will be at an affordable and reasonable cost compared to sensor-controlled mechanisms used in high-end establishments.”
Colonel Joel Aquino, Commander of 2ID’s Service Support Battalion which developed the portable wash stations, said that the first version is 100% “soldier-made” and that “we are continuously looking for ways to improve the design without sacrificing the quality which is in line with our mandate to sustain the needs of those in the frontlines, soldiers and civilians alike”.
Col Aquino ended his statement by saying that “innovation is one of the hallmarks of the Army” as he assured their stakeholders of his soldiers’ “commitment, dedication and readiness to help our people regardless of the threat, be it terrorists or the unseen Corona Virus.”
The military said that this will complement their continuing loudspeaker operations to support and amplify the call for people to heed the protocols set forth by the Department of Health.