2017 ACTIVITY REPORT

Strategic Goal No. 1:       Catalyze Change in Policy and Practice

Outcome Challenge:    CWP include measures to improve water security in their national policies on food/agriculture

Title of Activity:   Understanding Water and Food Nexus to Improve Water Security:  the Philippine Context

Implementation arrangement

  1. Support to 2017 Watershed Conference

The conference tackled roles of local government units (LGUs), water districts and stakeholders in the watersheds, updates and best practices in watershed management as well as strategies for water and food security in the context of planning, collaboration and action.  This was attended by representatives from the LGUs, water districts, government and non-government organizations, private sectors and other concerned organizations and individuals.

When:    May 25, 2017

Where:     Legazpi City, Albay

Organizer and co-organizers:   Bicol Water Districts Association (BIWADA) and the Maynilad Water Academy represented by Engr. Rodora N. Gamboa

Who have been involved:

Resource Persons:

  • Ms. Yolanda Gomez, PWP Consultant

Presentation Title:  The Water-Food (WAF) Nexus and Watershed Management:  Some Ideas and Thoughts

  • Engr. Cristeta Escober-Mesias, Division Manager, Albay-Catanduanes Irrigaton Management Office

Presentation Title:   Watershed Management:  Strategies for Food and Water Security:  Highlighting National Irrigation Administration’s Initiatives on Watershed Management

  • Engr. Susan Abaño, Head, Water Resources Assessment Section, Policy and Program Division, National Water Resources Board (NWRB)

Presentation Title:   Watershed Management in the Context of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM)

 

Implementation Method:  PWP, as a supporting organization has provided travelling, accommodation and other expenses of the three (3) resource persons

Output of Activity

On the Water-Food Nexus

Philippine Water Partnership (PWP) representative, Ms. Yolanda Gomez made a brief presentation on the Water-Food Nexus during the conference.  The presentation on the Water and Food Nexus in the context of watershed management was intended to provide the participants some solid background information on its relevance to effectively manage the watersheds and how it relates to water security of the country.  It also underscored the importance of the nexus approach as a way to better understand the interdependencies between water and food system and how to ensure not only water security but food security as well.

The presentation concludes with the following suggestions:

  • Need to better understand the WAF nexus in the context of watershed management
  • Education and awareness on the nexus approach as it relates to the ecosystem
  • Interactions between policy makers working on water, food and the environment

 

  1. Participation in the Pre-National Water Summit “Towards a Comprehensive National Plan for Water Security”

This project intends to review persistent problems faced by stakeholders e. g. lack of holistic and comprehensive water resource planning, lack of effective water allocation and reuse policies, among others in the formulation of a National Water Security Roadmap.

It specifically aims to achieve the following:

  • To provide an overview and context on the Philippine Development Plan (2017-2022) on water sector and the on-going National Water Security Roadmap preparations to the key stakeholders;
  • To draw out experiences and opinions from key stakeholders on the water security and water-related programs around the country;
  • To identify challenges and gaps on the water security related to governance and resilience sectors;
  • To propose policies, programs, projects and activities towards a national plan for water security

Organizer and co-organizers:   University of the Philippines-                Los Baños (UPLB) and the National Water Resources Board (NWRB

When & Where:

Four (4) pre-summit consultations in preparation for the Roadmap have been organized to help identify the country’s major issues from seven (7) focus areas:  domestic, economic, agriculture, urban, environment, resilience and governance.

PWP was represented in the following consultations:

  • 2nd pre-summit for economic sector held in Tagbilaran City, Bohol on June 6, 2017
  • 3rd pre-summit for urban & domestic sectors held in Bacolor, Pampanga on July 5, 2017
  • 4th pre-summit for  environment and resilience in Manila

 

Implementation Method:    Travelling expenses, accommodation and per diem of PWP representative/s participating in the above-mentioned consultations was funded by PWP.

 

The following are the priority issues identified which needs more emphasis:

  • Weak implementation of national water policies
  • Population dynamics (fertility and migration); NWRB pilot offices to regional and provincial levels
  • Lack of penalties for illegal water extraction; localizing understanding of water policies

Also identified are the priority actions/program/policy in the water sector which are not being done yet:

  • Activation and institutionalization of IWRM
  • Implementation of IWRM through provincial ordinance / national policy
  • Localization of NWRB to LGU
  1. Conduct of Roundtable Discussion on the Role of LGUs in Water Resources Management and Development

PWP, in collaboration with the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), League of Cities of the Philippines (LCP), League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) and ISTRATEHIYA (a local think-tank that undertakes research in aid of legislation) conducted a series of multi-stakeholder consultations in four (4) areas/regions in the country:

  • Legazpi City, Albay province –  August 15, 2017
  • Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu province – September 5, 2017
  • Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental province – September 12, 2017
  • Angeles City, Pampanga province – September 20, 2017

Representatives from National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), River Basin Organizations (RBOs) and water districts attended the consultations which involved round table discussions and workshops.

 

PWP supported this activity by providing the Professional

Fee of PWP’s Project Coordinator for the period covering the months of July-November 2017 who acted as the Lead Event Organizer during the Consultations.

The following are the results gathered during the consultations with the LGUs:

Observations:

  • Water crisis is not just about water scarcity, it is also about poor water governance due to, among others, poor multi-level governance because of  (a)  limited capacity,(b)  unclear delineation of roles and responsibilities, and  questionable resource allocation,  at the local government unit (LGU) level.
  • Operationalizing and localizing IWRM at the LGU level is sound, in theory; but there are issues that need to be addressed.
  • LGUs want to have a bigger role in making water management decisions because they are front-liners in addressing water-related issues.
  • Water management decisions can be more efficient and effective if the National Government decentralizes and/or devolves some if it powers to LGUs, private sector, or community and/or civil society.

 

Recommendations:

ON WATER RIGHTS ALLOCATION

  • The NWRM should establish regional offices and decentralize some functions including issuance of water permits and resolutions of water use conflict cases
  • The NWRB should amend its procedures to include consultations with LGUs
  • The NWRB can tap LGUs for data collection in order to regularly and efficiently update water resources data
  • The NWRB can enter into agreements with LGUs for joint monitoring and enforcement activities

ON WATER SERVICES

  • LGUs and local water districts (WDs) should coordinate and complement efforts on water service provisioning, water supply planning and groundwater management
  • Both LGUs and WDS have roles in implementing sewerage and sanitation priojects. LGUS can provide support by passing ordinances requiring regular desludging and authorizing the collection of fees as an add-on to water bills or real property taxes.

ON WATER QUALITY AND PROTECTION OF FRESHWATER ECOSYSTEMS

  • Local structures for enforcement of water and water related concerns (such as water allocation, water quality management, ecosystem health management) may be integrated at river basin level and duly constituted RBOs.

 

ON LAND USE

  • Experiences in implementing Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) for watershed management may be applied for water management with the use of performance score-cards as a way to determine how proceeds can be allocaed among LGUs within a river basins.

 

 

Strategic Goal No. 2 –   Generate and Communicate Knowledge

Outcome Challenge:       Stakeholders gain improved political awareness and commitment to deliver water security with demonstrable follow-up commitments and actions

Title of Activity:                 Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign on water security

  1. Support to the “Water Challenge Forum”

The Water Challenge Forum highlighted the issues that the Philippines is facing as far as managing its water resources is concerned.  It was attended by policy-makers, water suppliers and distributors, water technology and service providers, international and local business organizations, members of the academe and other water stakeholders.  It was an opportunity to exchange information, discussed the priorities of the water sector and provided recommendations on how to address the identified water challenges.

When:    June 14, 2017

Where:     Marriott Hotel Manila

Organizer:   European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP) / PWP was one of event partners

Who have been involved:

Participation of PWP members in the Forum

Implementation Method:  PWP, as an Event Partner supported by sponsoring the registration fee of ten (10) representatives from PWP’s institution and individual members to this activity

Presentations were made to address the following major water challenges:

–              The Looming Water Crisis and the Need to Provide Water Access for All

–              The Country’s Degenerating Water Quality and the Need to Wastewater Management

–              The Need for Flood Water Management

The Forum provided a better understanding of the importance of water to the environmental and economic future of the Philippines.  It also increased the awareness of participants on the water situation and challenges faced by the country and the need to take steps to address these challenges.

  1. Activities in preparation for the 4th International River Summit (IRS)

PWP is an active member of the National Core Group (NCG) in preparation for the 4th IRS scheduled on November 24-26, 2018 in Mandaue City, Cebu

When and Where:

August 3, 2017 and December 8, 2017 in Mandaue City

Who have been involved:

Ms. Amy Lecciones –  PWP Board Member, NGO

Ms. Noemi Bautista –  Project Coordinator

Implementation Method:  PWP provided travel and other expenses incurred for meetings held in Mandaue City, Cebu and hosting of the 4th NCG meeting held in Manila on October 5, 2017

 

PWP, being part of the National Core Group (NCG) is actively involved in meetings re:  summit program, session design / topics and identification of  Resource Persons

  1. Youth Water Forum

This activity was jointly conducted by NWRB, Philippine Water Partnership and Maynilad. The topics discussed were Water Cycle and Climate Change by PAGASA, Water Situation and Conservation by NWRB, Earthquake Preparedness by Philippine Institute of Volcanology (PHIVOLCS) and Water, Sanitation and Hygiene by Maynilad. Participants were selected elementary pupils from Grades III-VI.

When and Where:

October 12, 2017 / Tagaytay City Central School

Who have been involved:

IEC team composed of staff from NWRB and Maynilad

Implementation Method:

PWP provided snacks to pupils and other attendees, van rental, honorarium to Resource Persons and IEC Team, and traveling expenses of PWP staff.

The conduct of the Youth Forum has increased awareness about NWRB and water conservation among the participants.

 

Strategic Goal No. 3:       Strengthen Partnerships

Outcome Challenge:       Partnership strengthening through membership drive, relevant training and media engagement

Title of Activity:                 CWP Secretariat Running Costs

  1. Secretariat Running Costs

When:    January to December 2017

Where:     PWP Office, 3/F MWSS Engineering Bldg., Katipunan Road, Balara, Quezon City

Who have been involved:

Secretariat staff and PWP Board of Trustees

Implementation Method:

Hiring of part-time Accountant/Bookeeper and Website Master

–  Effective operation of the PWP Secretariat

  1. 2017 World Water celebration

PWP was involved in the conduct of various activities undertaken by the members of the Philippine Water Partnership (PWP) such as:

–              a photo exhibit in Market, Market organized by Manila Water and the River Basin Control Office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (RBCO-DENR)

–              conduct of a forum on wastewater management for university students organized by the National Water Resources Board (NWRB)

–              learning visit to a wastewater treatment facility at Makativille, a relocation site in Calauan, Laguna spearheaded by the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands (SCPW)

As a culminating activity of the week-long celebration, the 2017 World Water Awards was organized by the NWRB and Maynilad  held on March 22 to give due recognition to persons and organizations who have rendered exemplary work towards water conservation and related efforts.

Who have been involved:

Secretariat staff and PWP Board of Trustees

Implementation Method:

–  These activities were in collaboration with water-related agencies in government, non-government organizations (NGOs) and the private sector

–   Meals, promotional items (fan and t-shirts), information materials, van rental, etc. were provided by PWP

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