Maynilad developed water education modules that can help educators teach children about the role of water in sustaining life. An initial batch of 70 teachers underwent training on the use of these modules during a workshop held recently at the Bayview Park Hotel, Manila.
The resource package, titled “Water: Nature’s Greatest Gift”, consists of 15 modules designed to provide teachers with strategies in teaching the importance of water in the context of community development and environmental sustainability.
It was developed in partnership with the Foundation for the Promotion of Science and Mathematics Education and Research, Inc. (FPSMER), the UP National Institute for Science and Mathematics Education Development (UP-NISMED), and the Philippines National Commission for UNESCO.
Maynilad and its partners collaborated on the project in light of water-related issues that continue to affect Filipinos, including poor hygiene and sanitation, worsening pollution in bodies of freshwater, and prevalent water insecurity in many parts of the country.
“We are doing this because we want better appreciation for the crucial role that water plays in ensuring the health and productivity of the population and in the steady growth of our nation,” Maynilad President and CEO Victorico P. Vargas said.
“We believe that in an issue of national importance such as water sustainability, it’s always good to start educating and involving the youth. This is why we intend to give these modules for free to public schools and other concerned groups nationwide. This is our contribution to our education system,” Vargas added.
The effort complements other education initiatives of Maynilad such as Daloy Dunong, which visits public schools and communities to teach people about good hygiene and environmental responsibility.
Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is an agent and contractor of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) for the West Zone of the Greater Manila Area, which is composed of the cities of Manila (certain portions), Quezon City (certain portions), 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.