World Water Day Awards 2017
March 22, 2017
NWRB, together with Maynilad, conferred the new batch of water heroes during the World Water Day Awards 2017 at the Quezon City Sports Club on March 22, 2017.
Fourteen awardees from local government units, private organizations and companies as well as national agencies were honored for their exemplary efforts in conserving our precious water resources and in saving the environment.
NWRB presented the Water-Wise City Award recognizing local government units that observed sustainable water conservation programs. Makati City is this year’s NWRB awardee for partnering with top business establishments within their city in the water recycling efforts. The city also implemented the installation of rainwater catchment facility in some public and private schools, imitating the good practice of Marikina City as the first recipient of Water-Wise City Award. The trophy was received by Dr. Lydia Fadol of the city’s Department of Environmental Services.
Other awardees include Gil R. Abaquin of Ecoindex, Global Underwater Explorers and TWG on Knifefish Infestation (Kampeon ng Lawa); San Jose Del Monte Water District, Baliwag Water District and Dumaguete Water District (Huwarang Lingkod Lingkod Tubig); Manila Water’s Toka-Toka Advocacy (Kampeon ng Katubigan Award); San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, San Jose Del Monte, Bulacan, MMDA-Flood Control and Sewerage Management Office (Water Leadership Award); Mr. Albert Todanes (Water Warrior Award for Community Mobilization), Mr. Rey Dennis Gilbas (Water Warrior Award for Capacity Building); and Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez (Water Warrior Award for Environmental Sustainability).
In his keynote speech, DENR Usec. Demetrio Ignacio Jr. stressed the possible uses of wastewater especially as an alternative resource. He stated, “To our policy-makers and LGUs, I ask you to look into wastewater as a potential water resource worthy of investment. We need new legislations, infrastructures and mechanisms to make this work. I ask exemplary wastewater users to promote your good practices so that your efforts will ripple to others.”
The annual event is co-sponsored by the National Water Resources Board and Maynilad Water Services Inc. since 2015 and is organized in collaboration with 22 public and private institutions including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Public Works and Highways, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Local Water Utilities Administration and Laguna Lake Development Authority, among others.