“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.

Kick-off Meeting for the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)-assisted project

Kick-off Meeting for the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA)-assisted project on the “Establishment of an Integrated 3D GIS-Based Water Resources Management Information System in the Provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan” held on March 13, 2014 at the Luxent Hotel in Quezon City

Welcome to the Kick-off meeting on the project “Establishment of an Integrated 3D GIS-Based Water Resources Management Information System in the Provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan.”  This project will be implemented by the NWRB with the technical and financial support by the Government of Korea through KOICA.  In this project, we will be witnessing the realization of several years of discussion between NWRB and KOICA in coming up with an undertaking that will support the IWRM of Pampanga River Basin consistent with the Philippine Development Plan 2011-2016 that promotes the adoption of IWRM in the sector towards information and data sharing.
The main objective of the project is to establish an integrated water resource information system using GIS and remote sensing technology as a decision support tool for science-based or evidence-based water allocation and water resource assessment and for an improved water resources planning and management and balancing decisions.  Likewise, this can also contribute to a strengthened relationship between the Republic of the Phil and the Republic of Korea using geo-spatial technology in the management of our water resources.  
In selecting the project areas of Pampanga and Bulacan, the presence of Angat Dam has been a great consideration because this structure is very important in the management of the allocation of water in terms of irrigation of farmlands in the said provinces and the water supply for Metro Manila.  Of course, management of this dam during extreme rainfall event is also very important in preparing downstream communities in minimizing the negative impacts that may be caused by flooding.  
We believe that this project is very timely and we expect that in the next 2 years, we will have an improved water resources planning and management and science-based decision making using the state of the art technologies with the support of our Korean partners.  With the support also of our local partners here in the Philippines, we are looking forward to a stronger cooperation and active participation in the full duration of the project in order for us to have a successful implementation of this very important endeavour.     
I wish you all a fruitful day ahead and thank you and mabuhay.