To mark World Water Week 2022, the United States Agency for International Development (USAid) and its Philippine partners organized the 2022 Water Forum to develop solutions to water security challenges in the country.

(Left to right) Negros Occidental Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, II, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson, Israeli Ambassador Ilan Fluss, USAid Acting Mission Director Rebekah Eubanks, PDRF President Butch Meily, Director PDRF Executive Veronica Gabaldon, USAid Clean Water Alma Party Leader Porciuncula and USAid Environmental Bureau Director Ryder Rogers.

In collaboration with the Water Alliance led by the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP) and the Philippine Disaster Resilience Foundation (PDRF), USAid convened on August 31 more than 200 public and private sector representatives to create a strategy support to the Philippine Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan (PWSSMP) implemented by the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA). The PWSSMP serves as a national roadmap to achieve universal access to safe, sufficient, affordable and sustainable water supply, hygiene and sanitation by 2030.

“The Philippine government estimates a total investment of more than one trillion pesos from 2020 to 2030 to achieve the country’s water supply and sanitation goals,” noted the Undersecretary for Investment Programming of the Philippines. NEDA, Joseph Capuno, in an address delivered on behalf of NEDA Director General, Arsenio Balisacan.

“While we face a huge challenge, we should also see an opportunity for us to invest in new approaches, tools and insights from partnerships with local governments, national governments and the private sector to ensure that all Filipinos have access to safe and sufficient affordable and sustainable water supply and sanitation,” he added.

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USAID Acting Mission Director Rebekah Eubanks recognized the vital role of partnerships and innovation in helping to ensure access to clean water and sanitation.

“We look forward to continuing our support for government and private sector efforts to help the Philippines achieve a water secure future,” she said.

During the event, USAid also partnered with PDRF, Manila Water Company, and Maynilad Water Services, Inc. to launch the second round of the Philippine Water Challenge, a competition that encourages contestants to generate new technologies and innovations to solve the country’s water security problems. .

Selected proposals will receive funding and networking support to help reduce water consumption, promote water reuse and recycling, and ensure water efficiency in times of water scarcity. across the Philippines.

For more than 60 years, USAid has partnered with local and provincial governments and the private sector to support water security goals. To stem the tide of water scarcity and strengthen water security around the world, including in the Philippines, USAid continues its commitment to strengthen foreign assistance for sustainable water security and sanitation so that Filipinos have the water they need to be healthy, prosperous, stable, and resilient.