Water and Energy Forum 2014

“Water and Energy Forum 2014”
Maynilad Room, 2nd Flr., UP College of Engineering, Diliman, Q.C.  
March 20, 2014


Welcome remarks:  
We would like to welcome you to this Water and Energy Forum.  This Forum is one of the activities lined up to commemorate the WWD celebration for this year.  Since the declaration of the United Nations General Assembly on March 22, 1993 as the International World Water Day, the celebration is now being held annually as a means of focusing attention on the importance of fresh water and advocating sustainable management of this vital resource.  To support this, the President of the Republic of the Philippines issued Executive Order No. 258 in 1996 adopting a Philippine Water Week from that year onwards.  For this year, the international theme is Water and Energy and the various stakeholders and partners in these sectors have adopted the local theme “Water is Power”.  I believe this is very timely as the country is currently facing issues and concerns on water and energy.  
We know for a fact that the Philippines is known for its abundant water resources.  However, we are now experiencing scarcity in some areas due to rapid urbanization, indiscriminate land use, unmanaged waste and changing ways and lifestyles.  This is aggravated by some climate variability.  Although it is recognized that the primary use of water is in the agricultural sector, the second most prominent use is the industrial sector, including the production of energy for economic development and improved living standards.  This intertwining or symbiotic relationship of water and energy is ageless and continue to evolve.  Water is required to produce all forms of energy and on the other hand, energy is needed at all stages of extraction, cleanment and distribution of water.  There is a need to understand on how best to optimize the use of water and energy.  
Through this forum, we expect to have discussions on cross industries, multi-stakeholder group initiatives and increasing awareness on trending collaborative approaches in addressing the challenges on water and energy.  
I would like to extend our appreciation to our partners in organizing this forum, the Department of Energy, Philippine Water Partnership, Philippine Association of Small Scale Hydropower, Maynilad Water Services, Inc. and Maynilad Water Academy.  I wish you all success on this forum and as symbolized by this year’s theme logo, let us gear together to sustain water and energy security.