Soldiers invent portable wash stations from drums

THE Philippine Army's  2nd Infantry Division showed their creativeness by recycling drums into portable wash stations in different Quarantine Point Controls or QCP in Rizal Province.

Apart from the goal to contain the virus, the invention also serves as an instrument to educate passer-by on the importance of personal hygiene all the time, especially now that we are fighting a deadly virus that requires constant hygiene care, through witty slogans printed on the drums itself.

According to Commander of the Philippine Army’s 2nd Infantry Division Major General Arnulfo Marcelo Burgos Jr, they are planning to produce more wash stations as they want to put up at least one per Quarantine Check Points within Southern Tagalog.

He added that they see the ongoing crisis as an opportunity to “contribute to the community through innovative endeavors.” This action promotes their joint advocacy of saving the Earth by reducing garbage, as well as a positive change in people’s behavior.

They are willing to share this innovation, and they hope 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.

Burgos explains that to prevent users from re-acquiring virus immediately after washing hands, they designed the wash stations to be specifically hands-free while also ensuring that it will be at an affordable and reasonable cost compared to sensor-controlled mechanisms used in high-end establishments.

Commander of 2ID’s Service Support Battalion Colonel Joel Aquino who developed the portable wash station said that the first version is 100% soldier-made and that they are continuously trying to improve the design without losing the quality which is in line with their mandate to sustain the needs of those in the frontlines.

Aquino assured their stakeholders of his soldiers’ “commitment, dedication and readiness to help our people regardless of the threat, be it terrorists or the unseen COVID-19 as being innovative is one of the hallmarks of the Army.

The military said that this is relative to their persistent loudspeaker operations to support and intensify the call for people to heed the protocols set forth by the Department of Health.