World Water Day (WWD) is celebrated worldwide on March 22 of every year to remind the world of the importance of fresh water to mankind and to advocate sustainable management of water resources. This year’s theme is “Water and Wastewater” highlighting the need to also focus on wastewater management.
In the Philippines, the celebration of World Water Day started in 1996. Then President Fidel V. Ramos issued Administrative Order No. 258 enjoining instrumentalities of the government to join the global observance of World Water Day on 22 March every year thereafter.
Various activities were undertaken by the members of the Philippine Water Partnership (PWP) such as:
KICK-OFF CEREMONY / WORLD WATER DAY 2017 EXHIBIT in Market Market, Taguig City organized by Manila Water, River Basin Control Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (RBCO-DENR) and the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) on March 15
Opening of the Exhibit / Cutting of the ribbon by NWRB Executive Director and PWP Vice Chairman Sevillo D. David, Jr., DENR Assistant Secretary Nonita Caguioa, SCPW Executive Director and PWP Trustee Ms. Amy Lecciones and Mr. Fernando Busuego of Manila Water
PWP supported the exhibit of the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW) featuring the “Green Filters” Project. In the picture are Ms. Yolanda Gomez, Director Donna Gordove of DENR-River Basin Control Office, Ms. Lecciones, Dr. David, Ms. Noemi Bautista and Ms. Zeni Ugat of SCPW.
STA. CRUZ WATER TREATMENT FACILITY TOUR was organized by Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) on March 17. This activity intends to showcase the Decentralized Wastewater Treatment System (DEWATS) and low-cost natural treatment processes and efficient technology of the Sta. Cruz AA Municipal Abattoir which was replicated by other local government units within the Laguna de Bay region.
Ms. Jocelyn F. Siapno giving opening / welcome message
Mr. Melandre C. Talabis. Sta. Cruz Slaughterhouse Master giving the Facility Introduction / Backgrounder
Tour of the Facility
WATER CRAZE: KILOS KILOS PARA SA TUBIG held on March 18 was spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the River Basin Control Office (RBCO) and other DENR offices. This activity is a mixture of zumba, earth/water warrior games, mini performances from different agencies/organizations.
Maynilad also hosted a “sungka” tournament (a local board game) which featured the “sungkaans” made by Dumatas, indigenous people in the Ipo Dam located in the province of Bulacan. This activity is intended to raise awareness on watershed protection by indigenous people.
PWP participants in the “Sungka Tournament”
STUDENTS’ FORUM ON THE POTENTIAL OF WASTEWATER was organized by the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) in coordination with Philippine Water Partnership (PWP) and Maynilad Water Academy on March 20 at the Maynilad Training Room. Resource Persons from Manila Water, Maynilad, Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Baliuag Water District were invited to present their effort on wastewater management.
WORLD WATER DAY CULMINATING ACTIVITY / AWARDS 2017
Capping the month-long WWD celebration, the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and Maynilad Water honored water champions to give due recognition to persons and organizations who have rendered exemplary work towards water conservation and related efforts on March 22 at Quezon City Sports Club.
LEARNING VISIT TO THE GREEN VILLAGE IN MAKATIVILLE / GREEN VILLAGE
March 30, 2017
The Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Inc. (SCPW) in partnership with the Life Project for the Youth (LP4Y) and in collaboration with Philippine Water Partnership (PWP) organized a learning visit to the Green Village in Makativille, Calauan, Laguna. This activity aimed to: 1) showcase environment-friendly technologies in an Eco-Village and 2) promote water conservation by demonstrating simple water and wastewater management system for small communities. A total of thirty-two (32) representatives coming from the private sector, NGOs, academe, NGAs, LGUs, OGCCs, small water service providers (SWSPs) and Sen. Cynthia Villar’s office.
The program started with a briefing on the Green Village and the Green Filters highlighting the activities being done by the community members, the youth in particular followed by a walk-through in the compound. In line with this year’s World Water Day theme which is “Water and Wastewater”, the Green Village shared its experiences on how they were able to secure their source of water, how domestic wastewater was treated through constructed wetlands (Green Filters), how they treated bamboo being their main source of material for the structures in the village, among others.
At the local levels, activities such as river clean ups, tree planting, information dissemination and river tours were conducted by different government and non-government entities in observance of the 2017 WWD celebration.