Maynilad honors 19 water champions at the 6th World Water Day Awards

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad), together with the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources, honored 19 “water champions” during the 6th World Water Day Awards 2021, the culminating event of the country’s celebration of World Water Day. 

The World Water Day Awards honors champions for water and the environment—individuals, government agencies, private organizations, and programs that made great contributions in achieving water and environmental sustainability in the Philippines. 

Recognized this year for their exemplary water management and environmental conservation efforts were the water districts of Metro Naga, Silay City and Davao City.

Also awarded were LAPOSA Irrigators Association, Inc, Padada Irrigators Association, Inc. (both from Davao Del Sur), Anopog Paglaum Irrigators Association, Inc. in Cebu, Macagatal Irrigators Association in Pampanga, and the Cagayan River Basin Management Council for their excellent management of the irrigation systems and river basins in their areas. 

Government agencies—namely, the Municipality of Kalayaan in Laguna and San Pedro City’s Sub-Water Quality Management Area—were honored for their solid waste management projects that protect Laguna Lake. Antipolo City was also recognized for its Hinulugang Taktak Protected Landscape Project. 

The Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) Quezon City Female Dormitory was recognized for its support of the DENR-led Battle for Manila Bay program, through its La Mesa Watershed protection and conservation activities, as well as the National Historical Commission of the Philippines’ Museo El Deposito, for its water education efforts. 

Meanwhile, Quezon City Mayor Joy Belmonte was conferred the Maynilad Water Warrior Award for Advocacy Leadership for her strong advocacy for climate justice, and excellent environmental management initiatives. 

Several water conservation initiatives and environmental projects were also recognized during the World Water Day Awards: Tubig Load Program (Villages Water Supply System), Walk the Line Project (BP Waterworks), Watershed Protection Project (Masungi Georeserve Foundation), “Adopt-a-Site” Watershed Rehabilitation Program (Davao City Water District), and Project Water-Energy-Nutrient Nexus in the Cities of the Future (NexCities). 

“Our awardees in this year’s World Water Day Awards exhibited an unwavering devotion to protect our water resources. We hope that their contributions will inspire others to do the same, because it is only through the concerted effort of many that we can create a long-lasting, positive impact,” says Maynilad. 

NWRB Executive Director Dr. Sevillo David Jr. added, “I congratulate and thank the awardees for scaling up your exemplary actions contributing to our aim of water sustainability. We deeply appreciate your initiatives in protecting and conserving our precious water resources.”

Maynilad and NWRB mount the World Water Day Awards annually, in partnership with government and private organizations including the DENR, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Local Water Utilities Administration, Laguna Lake Development Authority, National Irrigation Authority, Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands, Philippine Water Partnership and Aboitiz InfraCapital.

MAYNILAD RECEIVES ‘UTILITY OF THE FUTURE’ CITATION FROM WORLD BANK

Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) Chief Operations Officer Randolph T. Estrellado holds the certificate of citation given by the World Bank in recognition of Maynilad’s commitment to become a “Utility of the Future” (UoF)—“a future-focused utility which provides reliable, safe, inclusive, transparent, and responsive water supply and sanitation services through best-fit practices that allow it to operate in an efficient, resilient, and sustainable manner”.

The World Bank created the UoF diagnostic tool and action-planning methodology to help utilities assess their service, including the development of an immediate 100-day action plan to help them overcome challenges and achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.

Maynilad has been participating in the program since August 2020, joined by nine other water and wastewater companies from eight countries. Based on the UoF assessment, Maynilad ranked as “Utility of the Future” in one program criterion; as “World-Class” in seven criteria, and as “Well-Performing” in two other criteria. Performance and maturity were measured in organization and strategy, human resources and financial management, and technical and commercial operations. Service was also assessed in areas of reliability, safety, inclusiveness, transparency and responsibility.

Maynilad targets completion of three STPs in 2021

sewage treatment plant

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is targeting to complete within 2021 its construction of three new Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs), which can provide sewerage service to almost 700,000 residents in the cities of Muntinlupa and Valenzuela. 

These STPs—currently being constructed in Barangays Cupang and Tunasan in Muntinlupa, and in Barangay Marulas in Valenzuela—can treat up to 126,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day, thus helping to reduce pollution load in the Manila Bay. 

The Manuel V. Pangilinan-led water company invested around P 7.15 Billion for these three new STPs and accompanying conveyance systems, adding to the 22 Maynilad wastewater facilities that are currently operational and serving West Zone customers. 

“We are glad that these new STPs and conveyance systems are finally nearing completion. While pandemic-related constraints continue to hinder our manpower deployment, we will strive to get these new facilities running and serving communities within the year,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez. 

From only two operational STPs in 1997 when MWSS operations were first privatized, Maynilad now runs 22 wastewater facilities with a combined treatment capacity of around 664,000 cubic meters per day after having invested around P 42 billion in wastewater projects. 

Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the 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 Superhighway), 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.  

PHOTO CAPTION:

Maynilad engineers inspect the aeration tank at the Sewage Treatment Plant (STP) currently being constructed in Cupang, Muntinlupa. Maynilad is targeting to complete within 2021 its construction of three new STPs, which can provide sewerage service to almost 700,000 residents in the cities of Muntinlupa and Valenzuela. These new STPs can treat up to 126,000 cubic meters of wastewater per day, thus helping to reduce pollution load in the Manila Bay.

Maynilad offers desludging services this March

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is offering septic tank cleaning services to its residential and semi-business customers this March in select parts of Caloocan, Las Piñas, Makati, Malabon, Manila, Muntinlupa, Parañaque, Pasay, Quezon City, Valenzuela, and in Cavite Province at no extra cost.

The company has adopted new and more stringent protocols in the conduct of desludging services to ensure the safety of its customers who will avail of the septic tank cleaning. Maynilad requires all of its desludging personnel and vacuum truck unit operators to wear personal protective equipment (PPE), practice physical distancing, and undertake extra disinfection procedures to protect against the spread of COVID-19. 

“We have made our already-stringent desludging safety protocols even stricter, to assure our customers that we are taking all necessary steps to protect them from possible COVID-19 infection as we deliver our desludging services in their homes,” said Maynilad COO Randy T. Estrellado, adding that customers should avail of the service because it helps to protect community health and the environment.

Customers residing in Barangay 13, 15, 16, 53, 59, 63, 88, 93, 106, 109, 112, 152, 154, 160, 162, 165, 171, 176 and 177 in Caloocan; Brgy. Almanza Uno and Dos, BF International, Daniel Fajardo and Elias Aldana in Las Piñas; Brgy. Bangkal, Palanan and San Isidro in Makati; Brgy. Acacia, Bayan-bayanan, Hulong Duhat and Potrero in Malabon; barangays under Binondo, Paco, Pandacan and Sta. Ana in Manila; Brgy. Alabang in Muntinlupa; Brgy. Baclaran in Parañaque; barangays under Don Carlos, Malibay and Pildera 1 in Pasay City; Brgy. Baesa, Bahay Toro, Balong Bato, Greater Fairview, Payatas and Santol in Quezon City; Brgy. Canumay West, Dalandanan and Maysan in Valenzuela City may avail of Maynilad’s desludging service.

Moreover, some Maynilad customers in Cavite Province, particulary in Brgy. Aniban I, Banalo and Bayanan in Bacoor City; Brgy. Malagasang I-A and I-B in Imus City; and in Poblacion and Santa Rosa I in Noveleta, Cavite may avail of the company’s septic tank cleaning services at no extra cost. Septic tank cleaning service normally costs around PhP5,000 per truck.

Maynilad customers interested in availing of the company’s septic tank cleaning service may call the Maynilad Hotline 1626 to determine the requirements and procedures. Additional information is also available in the company’s website, www.mayniladwater.com.ph, and social media accounts (Twitter: @maynilad, Facebook: /MayniladWater).

Maynilad is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the 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.

Maynilad plugs 22K pipe leaks in 2020

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) plugged 22,500 pipe leaks in 2020, bringing total leaks repaired to almost 300,000 since its re-privatization in 2007 when it inherited one of the oldest pipe networks in Asia. 

The Manuel V. Pangilinan-led water company spent around Php189 million in 2020 alone to repair pipe leaks, most of which were found on secondary and primary lines in Quezon City, Parañaque, and Muntinlupa. 

Some of these leaks were not visible aboveground, requiring the use of state-of-the-art technology—such as the Sahara® mobile leak detection system—to isolate and detect before repairs could be implemented. The Sahara® system accurately detects leaks, pockets of trapped gas, and structural defects in water lines. Maynilad is reportedly the first Asian water utility company to use such technology. 

Active leakage control is a vital component of Maynilad’s Non-Revenue Water (NRW) Management Program, which seeks to bring down physical and commercial water losses. Other initiatives under this program include the replacement of old pipe segments and meters, conduct of anti-water pilferage activities, installation of pressure-regulating valves, and establishment of District Meter Areas. 

“Notwithstanding pandemic-related restrictions, we continue to deploy field personnel to sustain our leak detection and repair activities. The more leaks we are able to repair, the more we can improve water pressure in the pipelines,” said Maynilad Chief Operating Officer Randolph T. Estrellado.   

Maynilad currently serves around 9.8 million people and is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the 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 Superhighway), 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. 

Maynilad plants 13k tree saplings, mangroves in 2020

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) planted around 13,000 tree saplings and mangrove propagules at the Ipo watershed and the coastal areas of Cavite in 2020, as part of its watershed management program that aims to prevent soil erosion and flooding. 

Under its “Plant for Life” program, Maynilad planted 1,500 mangrove propagules along the Manila Bay coastline of Kawit, Cavite, with the help of local community volunteers. Mangroves can help protect the shore from floods, as well improve the quality of water in Manila Bay. 

Moreover, Maynilad and several partner organizations planted around 11,500 trees over 28.5 hectares of the Ipo and La Mesa Watershed last year. Some 15 million people in Metro Manila and adjoining provinces rely on the Ipo Dam, as well as the Angat and La Mesa watersheds, for their daily supply of potable water. Reforestation of the denuded Ipo watershed will help to prevent the soil erosion that causes high turbidity levels in the raw water supply. 

Since the inception of “Plant for Life” in 2007, Maynilad has planted almost 600,000 indigenous trees (like narra, acacia, amisan and cupang) in the Ipo Watershed. The water company has also planted 208,000 mangrove propagules along Cavite coastal areas since 2013. 

For 2021, Maynilad aims to plant 8,000 more tree saplings and mangroves in these vital watersheds to cover an additional land area of approximately 20 hectares. 

“Reforestation is an important part of watershed management initiatives that keep our water resources sustainable. We thank all like-minded organizations who send volunteers to help us in this endeavor,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez.  

“Plant for Life” is done with the support of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), local government units (LGU), and some private organizations.  

Maynilad, which is part of Metro Pacific Investments group, is the largest private water concessionaire in the Philippines in terms of customer base. It is the agent and contractor of the 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. 

Maynilad intensifies handwashing campaign; donates hand-wash stations

Hand-wash station

West Zone concessionaire Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) is intensifying its handwashing campaign through donations of hand-wash stations and soaps to several local government units (LGUs) and public schools. 

The water company is installing 26 hand-wash stations across its West concession area, and 12 of these have already been installed in public markets, health centers, and city halls. Maynilad is also providing 1,170 one-liter liquid hand soaps for these stations. 

“We thank Maynilad for this very timely donation. These hand-wash stations are a big help as we combat the spread of COVID-19 in our city,” said Parañaque mayor Edwin Olivarez. 

Maynilad also recently donated 1,878 one-gallon bottles of liquid hand soaps and disinfectants to several schools, in support of the Department of Education’s (DepEd) Brigada Eskwela 2020 program. Around 250 posters that specify proper handwashing instructions were likewise provided to the DepEd-Quezon City Schools Division Office. 

These initiatives reinforce Maynilad’s month-long activities that celebrate the Global Handwashing Day. “The importance of water, health and sanitation has always been part of our advocacy as a company, and it has gained even more relevance now because of the pandemic. Through these new hand-wash stations, we hope to reinforce the habit of proper handwashing among Filipinos,” said Maynilad President and CEO Ramoncito S. Fernandez. 

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. 

PHOTO CAPTION: Parañaque City Mayor Edwin Olivarez (3rd from left), Parañaque 1st District Congressman Eric Olivarez (leftmost) and Parañaque Public Information Office Head Mario Jimenez (rightmost) receive the hand-wash station donated by Maynilad, represented here by Parañaque Business Area Head Liza Reyes, Government Relations Head Antonette de Ocampo, Sampaloc Business Area Head Flordivino Buen, and Government Relations Manager Richelda Miranda (2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th from left, respectively). Maynilad is intensifying its handwashing campaign through donations of hand-wash stations and soaps to several LGUs and public schools.

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