Parañaque City, August 30, 2018 – The European Chamber of Commerce of the Philippines (ECCP), in partnership with the EU-Philippines Business Network (EPBN), is hosting the Water Challenge Forum at the Solaire Resort Hotel on the 30th August, 2018. With the theme “Partnering with Stakeholders in Building a Sustainable Water Future”, this full-day event aims to address the ongoing water issues in the Philippines through providing a platform for the public and private sector to dialogue and support each other’s’ programs and water solutions.
While much has been achieved in the Philippine water sector, there is still much left to be desired in terms of new developments. It is without a doubt that there needs to be more action taken in terms of securing the country’s sustainable water future. While people can live without most things, water is the very foundation of life and is something that all cannot live without. Despite this being a well-known fact, there is a low public appreciation on the importance of water to this day. Even if Filipino farmers are hit by drought, people suffer from temporary water shortages, and many have no access to clean water, on the whole no one feels that there is a serious water crisis hitting the country, at least enough to be alarmed about. So this leads to a “why act now” attitude.
ECCP President Guenter Taus shares, “Through the Water Challenge Forum, we hope to highlight the need for the private sector to increase their competitiveness by managing resources well, addressing market requirements, and ensuring businesses are built on the foundation of sustainability and resiliency. On the flip side, there needs to be faster development and progress in the water sector from the Philippine government in order to address these water challenges head on.”
The event aims to address four main goals:
To provide an update on recent developments in the Philippine water sector and discuss policy, programs, and projects initiated by the National Government Agencies and Local Government Units;
To engage non-government organizations and international organizations to share their insights and programs on developing the Philippine water sector;
To highlight business opportunities in the Philippine water sector;
And to showcase innovative technologies that address the Philippine water challenges
Speakers during the Water Challenge Forum include representatives from the European Union Delegation to the Philippines, DENR, NEDA, Philippine Water Partnership, National Water Resources Board, UNICEF Philippines, UNESCO-Jakarta, the Local Water Utilities Administration, the World Bank, Public-Private Partnership Center, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System, Maynilad Water Services, Nestlé Philippines, and the InangLupa Movement.
The 2018 Water Challenge Forum is supported by Gold Sponsor Maynilad, Silver Sponsors ARUP, Nestlé, Unitec Pipe Manufacturing Corporation, Media Partner Business World, and Partner Organizations Philippine Association of Water Districts, Philippine Business for the Environment, and the Philippine Water Partnership.