Mar 09

Report on the Orientation / Meeting on GWP ToolBox for Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

  1. The orientation on GWP Toolbox for IWRM was held last 15 December 2015 at Mandarin Plaza Hotel in Cebu City.  This activity was organized by the Philippine Water Partnership (PWP) together with the Water Resources Center – University of San Carlos and Cebu Uniting for Sustainable Water. Attached as “Annex A” is the Program of Activities.


  1. A total of twenty six (26) participants attended the orientation representing the academe, non-government organizations (NGOs); government agencies; local government units (LGUs) and the private sector. The list of participants is attached as  “Annex B”.Ms. Yolanda B. Gomez
  2. The orientation started with a brief welcome remarks from Ms. Yolanda B. Gomez, a PWP Individual Member who highlighted the objective/s of the activity: to introduce the GWP ToolBox for IWRM; to encourage participants to use the Toolbox; and to contribute to the ToolBox by way of sharing studies, policies and other IWRM-related initiatives.



  1. The first presentor was Engr. Fe B. Walag, Executive Director of the Water Resources Center – University ofEngr. Fe B. WalagSan Carlos. Her presentation centered on the early beginning of IWRM  in Philippine context  and the initiatives towards its popularization both as a process and as a program.   The presentation on IWRM in the Philippine context is attached as“Annex C”.





  1. Ma. Cecilia G. Soriano, former GWP-SEA ToolBox Hub Coordinator and Member, Board of Trustees of theDr. Ma. Cecilia G. SorianoMetropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) made the presentation to introduce the Toolbox to the participants.  Her presentation focused on the purpose, goal and components of the ToolBox; the various tools that can be accessed and used; and the case studies in the ToolBox.  She explained the mechanics related to the uploading of case studies including current developments pertinent the improvements on the ToolBox. The powerpoint presentation on GWP ToolBox Concept of IWRM is attached as “Annex D”.



  1. There were two (2) presentations regarding the case studies as part of sharing experiences. The firstMs. Adelina Santos- Borjapresenter was Ms. Adelina Santos- Borja of Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) who presented the LLDA-related study which has been made part of the GWP ToolBox cases.  Furthermore, she also explained on the various programs of LLDA  within the context of IWRM, in particular the Integrated Lake Resources Development. She encouraged the participants, especially the students to contribute to the ToolBox.  Attached as  “Annex E” is her powerpoint presentation on LLDA ToolBox Case Study.


Arch. Socorro B. AtegaThe other presenter was Arch. Socorro B. Atega, Executive Director  of         Cebu Uniting for Sustainable Water (CUSW).    The presentation of Arch. Atega  focused  on the efforts of CUSW to address the local water–related issues within the context of IWRM.  She also shared the efforts of CUSW to engage other partners in their efforts to put water issues at the core of the economic development  of the province of Cebu.   The powerpoint presentation on CUSW  Projects as Case Studies is attached as“Annex F”.


  1. DiscussionsThe presentations were followed by a discussion among the participants and the Resource Persons.  Discussions were on the case studies that could be made part of the ToolBox, format and contents of the case studies, as well as questions and discussions on IWRM itself. Other important aspects taken up included: budgetary requirements for the inventory of potential case studies; mainstreaming into the local planning process, especially in the case of LGUs; the role of the business sectors in IWRM practice; the need for an Environment and Natural Resources Office in LGUs to help address issues related to water resources.
  2. After a lengthy discussion and exchange of ideas among the participants, the following were agreed upon as initial agreements:
  • Participants agreed to submit potential case studies to PWP for possible inclusion in the GWP ToolBox. It also agreed that an abstract will be submitted first to PWP for initial review. These abstracts will be submitted within the 1st Quarter of 2016, preferably before the end of January 2016.
  • It was also agreed that a Case Study Writeshop will be organized by PWP together with its partners sometime in March 2016 to coincide with the World Water Day. During the said Writeshop, the submitted the case studies will be presented and peer reviewed.  At the conclusion of the Writeshop, all peer-reviewed case studies will be submitted to GWP for uploading in the ToolBox.

The meeting was concluded with the a brief closing remark from the PWP representative.



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Dec 14


Output Challenge 2.1 – RWP agree on a system of monitoring and reporting for water resources
Title of Activity: Tracking of Progress (Component 2)
Organizer and co-organizers: Philippine Water Partnership (PWP), National Water Resources
Board (NWRB) and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
Report on the series of small group meetings of the Technical Working Group (TWG)
for the Tracking of Progress (TOP):
The Technical Working Group (TWG) has conducted three (3) regular meetings and consultations on the
progress of TOP. Dates of the said meeting are as follows including the matters taken up and discussed as
well as agreements reached:
August 18, 2015 – 3rd Quarter Regular TWG Meeting
• The main objective of the meeting was to review the progress of the preparation of the Water Security
Framework taking into account the previous comments and suggestions generated during the December
2014 meeting as well as comments from TWG members
• It was agreed that the UN Water Security Framework will be adapted as basis for the TOP. It was also
agreed that to localize the Water Security Framework and adjust to the local situation, locally accepted
indicators will be used as these are the existing indicators that most of the concerned agencies are already
using. This will ensure that a measure of what has been achieved as far as the TOP and Water Security are
concerned are easily captured
• A list of proposed indicators will be prepared and this will be reviewed in the next regular meeting.
Recent developments such as the SDG indicators as well as indicators related to Climate Change will be
November 27, 2015 – 4th Quarter Regular TWG Meeting
• The main objective of the TWG Meeting was to review one by one the proposed indicators. A list of the
preliminary indicators was provided as basis for the review.
• However, pending the country’s SDG targets and commitment, the group agreed to wait for the official
indicators that will be adapted by the country in relation to the SDGs
December 21, 2015 – Regular TWG Meeting
On the Water Security Framework
– the agreement is to present the UN Framework for Water Security as per agreement reached during the
December 2014 meeting.
On the Localization of the UN Water Security Framework
– the localization of the Framework will be reflected in the List of Indicators as proposed by NWRB
Team. The indicators for the SDGs will form part of the indicators. These listing of indicators will be the
subject of discussion (either in a meeting to be organized in the early part of 2016 or to be routed to
concerned agencies) to get consensus.
The idea is to use existing indicators currently used by concerned agencies. Additional indicators may also
be adopted such as the SDG indicators and indicators related to climate change adaptation.
NWRB will take the lead in presenting these proposed indicators to the concerned group.
On the baseline
– there is a need to agree on the base year for each indicator.
On data from LGUs
– considering that the LGUs are part of the key actors in Water Security efforts, data from LGUs should be
clearly reflected and included such as those related to access to water and sanitation. In as much as these
data are reflected in DOH data, this should be clearly indicated and noted.
– NWRB Team to finalize the framework and list of indicators;
– convene a meeting by January to be attended by the same set of participants who attended the December
2014 meeting;
– to send in advance the documents for review and comments (together with the letter of invitation to the


Recommended Philippine
Water Security Framework


Water governance
Enabling laws/policies, institutional framework including necessary management instruments and capacity are necessary in attaining the various objectives of securing water.

Innovative Financing Mechanism
Ensuring sufficient funding is available to finance water security requires higher level of investment. Other financing scheme/mechanism must be explore alongside with traditional financing sources.
















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Jun 09


Goal 1 – Catalyze Change in Policy Practice -Country level roundtable discussion (RTD) on Tracking of Progress
(TOP) for water security

Goal 2 – Generate and Communicate Knowledge -Advocacy work on IWRM targeting newly elected officials at
the national, provincial and local levels

Goal 3 – Strengthen Partnership -Partnership strengthening through recruitment, training and media
engagement Water and Climate Programme (WACDEP) -National Development and Sector Plans-Incorporation
of climate change resilience into national development planning, decision-making processes -Investments-
Development of an investment checlist and priority programs of two (2) river basins


Water and Energy Forum
–PWP was one of the organizations which collaborated with the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and Department of Energy (DoE) in the conduct of a one-day Water and Energy Forum on March 20, 2014 which is one of the activities lined-up for a week-long celebration of the World Water Day 2014.
– The forum aimed to raise awareness of the inter-  linkages between water and energy; and  promote better understanding on renewal energy and new technologies in hydropower.

Topics were:
–  Water and Energy Nexus
–  Water and Energy in the Framework of IWRM
–  Renewable Energy and Update on Hydropower Development in the Philippines
–  Clean Development Mechanism and Renewable Energy
–  Presentation of Philippine Association of Small Scale  Hydropower (PASSHYDRO) Developers and Stakeholders

CD including print out of the Briefing Note on  Connecting Water and Energy  produced by Global Water Partnership (GWP) for the 2014 World Water Day were distributed to forum participants .

PWP participated in the culminating activity of the 2014 World Water Day held at the SM Mall of Asia (MOA) on March 21, 2014.  The pledge of commitment by heads of participating organizations and parade (Philippines Walk for Water) around the venue were among the highlights of this event.

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Goal 2 – Address Critical Development Challenges

Title of Activity: Forum on National Water Legislation and Implementation


•The forum provided a platform and venue for sharing with PWP members the status of legislation and implementation of laws in the Philippines as well as the proposed program of PWP under the Global Water Partnership Southeast Asia – Water and Climate Programme (GWP-SEA WCP)
•The activity also examined  current status of the water sector preparedness  in terms of water-related disaster and water security especially in the face of the recent events in the Philippines

Goal 3 – Reinforce Knowledge Sharing and Communication

Title of Activity: Develop knowledge product on IWRM

Output of Activity:
•Prepared knowledge product on the result of the study on IWRM implementation in the Philippines for dissemination  during various PWP events
Said knowledge product is intended as an advocacy material for IWRM promotion and as a basis for pursuing policy changes and program development on IWRM implementation

Goal 4 – Build a more effective network

Title of Activity: Running cost for communication and office operations

Output of Activity:
•PWP Secretariat / staff is maintained to management the day to day operations of the organization e. g. coordinating the conduct of meetings/workshops, compilation of reference material, preparation of proposals/fund request, expenditure reports, activity reports and other documents required for submission to GWP-SEA.
• Ensured that work plans are fully implemented

PWP was actively promoting IWRM in various water sector activities in the Philippines

In-kind  support  received:

•Office space including utilities was provided for by the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS)

During the year, PWP was able to set- up an IWRM Resource Center making use of an open area in the present office space provided to PWP by MWSS


–  World Water Day is a major event celebrated and observed by the Philippine water sector.

–  The 2013 WWD theme: “International Year of Water Cooperation”  was translated into local slogan of “Tubig Para sa Lahat, Lahat Para sa Tubig”  (“Water for all, all for Water”)   and served as the core message for the celebration participated by multi-stakeholders coming from the government sector,  private sector and non-government organizations (NGOs).
–  PWP actively participated in this event which was led by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources  (DENR),  Maynilad and other institutions engaged in water resources management and development

Service Delivery Assessment (SDA) Dialogue and Workshop was held on

March 20-22, 2013 at the Summit Ridge, Tagaytay City

–Mr. Christopher Ilagan and Ms. Elsa Mejia, PWP Board of Trustees and other PWP members actively participated in the Dialogue and Workshop  facilitated by PWP Chair, Ms. Rosario Aurora L. Villaluna.

–SDA is a joint initiative of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the World Bank and UNICEF designed to assist the Philippines in consolidating information on water supply and sanitation status based on benchmarking  of sub-sector service delivery pathways, past spending, and future needs versus commitments, presented in an appealing visual way to target decision-makers.

A senior staff from the Department of Public Works and Highways-Flood Control and Sabo Engineering Center  (DPWH-FCSEC) attended a Short Course on Flood Mitigation and Stormwater Management under the Malaysian Technical  Cooperation Programme (MTCP) in November 2013

–   PWP was represented by its two (2) officers during  the GWP Consulting Partner’s Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden

–  A PWP (individual) member presented a poster on PWP experiences during the 2013 Stockholm Water Week

PWP Chairperson Rory Villaluna was

featured in a special report on IWRM produced by GMA News TV

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Nov 09


PWP during its General Assembly on March 29, 2012 Click here for more photos


PWP organized a Conference on IWRM presenting the Report on the Evaluation of IWRM implementation in the Philippines
to the members of PWP during its General Assembly on March 29, 2012

In coordination with DENR-River Basin Coordinating Office (RBCO),
PWP organized a side event on IWRM during the 1st International River Summit

PWP in coordination with National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)
Region IV-B organized the Mindoro Water Summit 2012 on October 25, 2012

Strategic Goal 3 – Reinforce knowledge sharing and communications

Activity No. 1: National Workshop on the Review of Water Resources Management Financing in the Philippines

-Series of small group meeting on WR financing culminating into a national workshop on the Review of Water Resources
Management Financing in the Philippines were conducted

-These meetings were actively participated in by members of the PWP representing government institutions, NGOs, academe,
public and privately run and operated water service provision entities

Activity No. 2: Data collection and country paper writing on Water Resources Management Instrument Reform in the Philippines

-Rapid data collection on WR Financing in the country resulted in the acquisition of data and information from various government
agencies on budgets, targets on WR-related sector/activities covering at least a 3-year period (2010, 2011, 2012)

-These were taken from annual reports as well as from interviews with concerned agencies

-These data and information provided the basis for the writing of the report on Philippine Water Resources Management Reforms

Strategic Goal 4 – Build a more effective network

-PWP Secretariat/staff is maintained to manage the day to day operations of the organization e. g. coordinating the conduct of
meetings/ workshops

-compilation of reference materials

-preparation of proposals/budget request, expenditure reports, activity reports and other documents required for submission to GWP-SEA

PWP was part of the Organizing Committee in preparation for
the event spearheaded by River Basin Coordinating Office (RBCO)

The Illustrated Slogan Making and Essay Writing Contests on wise use of water
was conducted by NWRB in collaboration with DedEd, PUP, MWSS and PWP

This activity was led by DENR and sponsored by Maynilad.PWP was represented in the formation of “LARGEST HUMAN WATER DROP” held at the Quirino Grandstand
After the walk, participants proceeded to Aquatica, Manila Ocean Park for the Water Festival.

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