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IWC partners with Manila Water to address water security in the Asia-Pacific

The International WaterCentre (IWC) has entered into a memorandum of understanding with Manila Water in the Philippines and the University of Queensland (UQ) Advance Water Management Centre to establish a partnership program aimed at addressing water security in the region.
IWC partners with Manila Water to address water security in the Asia-Pacific

IWC CEO Mark Pascoe (middle-right) with Thomas Mattison, Virgilio Rivera Jr. (Manila Water) and Dr Eva Abal (IWC/UQ)

The program dubbed the Collaborative Sphere of Excellence in Water Security for the Asia Pacific Region, will build on the expertise and experiences of the three partner organisations through a three-pronged approach - the development and sharing of industry knowledge and research led by UQ through the Advanced Water Management Centre; capacity building through translation and training led by the IWC; and the adoption of principles and stewardship actions by Manila Water.

The three partners have also agreed to promote specific activities or projects, as well as seek twinning and funding partners to achieve the vision of water security in the region in light of emerging challenges such as climate change, population growth, urbanisation, environmental degradation and others.

With operational presence in Metro Manila's East Zone, in economic and tourist hubs all over the country, and in key locations in Vietnam, Indonesia and Myanmar, Manila Water brings into the collaboration the opportunities and avenues to localise, apply and assess the learnings and principles built by the program. 

Manila Water Chief Operating Officer for New Business Operations Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr. said that the program mirrored the company's determination to contribute to the achievement of the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), specifically on clean water and sanitation.

"Our vision is to get quality and committed stakeholders to get involved in creating and implementing projects that will assist in ensuring the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all," said Mr Rivera.

IWC Chief Executive Officer Mark Pascoe sees the partnership as an opportunity to share some of Australia's best practices in efficiently resolving water challenges and laying the groundwork for future requirements in the waterscape.

"Some of the gaps in the Philippines and in the Asia-Pacific are much larger than in Australia, and I think where we can serve as conduits is in the implementation of two-way learning and development," he said. 

Below Mark was joined by Dr Eva Abal, IWC Strategic Partnerships Advisor and University of Queensland Adjunct Associate Professor, Thomas T. Mattison, Manila Water Group Director for Corporate Operations, Virgilio C. Rivera, Jr., along with Nardia Simpson, Economic Counsellor for the Australian Embassy in Manila, and key managers and representatives of the various units in Manila Water.

 

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The above announcement, photos and quotes courtesy of Manila Water.

 

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