West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is leading the country’s celebration of World Water Day 2014 with government partners, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS).
The three lead agencies were joined by 18 other public and private organizations who visited the company’s La Mesa Treatment Plant 2 last March 17 as part of the Water & Energy Nexus Tour. The event is part of the kick-off activity for the Philippines’ celebration of the World Water Week from March 17 to 22, 2014.
With the theme “Water is Power,” this year’s World Water Week aims to emphasize the relationship between water and energy in the context of sustainable development.
“We want to help in the campaign to help raise awareness in the realm of water and power. It is our hope that this would lead to sustainable and productive action to improve the country’s water and energy efficiency drives,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ricky P. Vargas.
Other events that Maynilad lined up for the week include mangrove planting activities, a water education drive, and a water and energy forum. The company is also mounting the culminating activity on March 21 at the SM Mall of Asia.
WWD partners include Meralco, Philex, United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene(WASH) Cluster, Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), National Water Resources Board (NWRB), Pasig River Rehabilitation Committee (PRRC), MWCI, SM Mall of Asia, SM Cares, National Irrigation Administration (NIA), Department of Education (DepEd), National Power Corporation (NPC), Department of Energy (DOE), the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), and Rappler.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the concessionaire of the MWSS for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of the cities of Manila (all but portions of San Andres & Sta. Ana), Quezon City (west of San Juan River, West Avenue, EDSA, Congressional, Mindanao Avenue, the northern part starting from the Districts of the Holy Spirit & Batasan Hills), Makati (west of South Super Highway), Caloocan, Pasay, Parañaque, Las Piñas, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Navotas and Malabon all in Metro Manila; the cities of Cavite, Bacoor and Imus, and the towns of Kawit, Noveleta and Rosario, all in Cavite Province.
In photo: A Maynilad employee is assisting the delegates at the World Water Day kick off in its world class La Mesa Treatment Facility.