The troopers of the naval detachment in the island northernmost island of the country, Mavulis in the Province of Batanes will soon no longer travel 8 hours to get water for drinking in Itbayat Island.

This after Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, General Filemon T Santos Jr PA, led the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of a Desalination Plant System Project in the island on July 10.

Lt. Jaypee Abuan PN, public affairs officer of the Naval Forces Northern Luzon, said the desalination project is an initiative of General Santos recognizing the importance of having a sustainable source of drinking water in the island.