In line with the celebration of the World Water Day today, March 22, 2018, the Philippine Water Works Association, the umbrella organization of the country’s water supply industry, has released the special edition of the Water and Environment Journal co-published by PWWA and Media Touchstone Ventures Inc.
Its cover story titled, Quo Vadis, Boracay? explores the problems affecting the premier island tourist attraction—which now serves as a test case on balancing infrastructure projects and sustainable development to include adequate sewage system.
“This issue of the Water and Environment Journal focuses on this year’s World Water Day theme—Nature for Water—of bridging programs and projects together with other nations in ensuring that all of us have access to safe, quality and drinking water,” says publisher and author Melandrew T. Velasco.
For PWWA president Eulogio F. Agatep II, this issue is a testament to a year of abundant blessings and opportunities for the association.
Other stories for this issue include the landmark events of PWWA notably a recap of the 24th Philwater Conference held in Bohol and updates on its bid to host the International Water Association Conference in 2019 in the country.
Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos has also contributed a column piece titled Working Together for Climate Change. Other featured water executives include MWSS Regulatory Office chief regulator lawyer Patrick Lester Ty and Local Water Utilities Administration Administrator Jeci Lapus.
This issue also serves as a special edition on MWSS as it celebrated 140 years as a water institution last Feb. 14, 2018 at the new world-class Multi-Purpose Hall and Cafeteria, formally launching its milestone coffee table book, its five flagship projects, and the unveiling of the water eco-tourism hub master plan by world-class urban planner architect Felino “Jun” Palafox.
This issue also features updates of the programs and projects of Manila Water Co., Maynilad Water Services and Luzon Clean Water Development Corp. including their animated participation in the 1st Asia Water Week and Korea International Water Week in September 2017.
There are two special stories in this issue. The first is about Kris Aquino, the new brand ambassador of The Healthy Family Purified Water, a product of Manila Water Total Solutions, where she talks about the importance of always drinking safe and quality water. The second special feature is on Estancia de Lorenzo, an eco-farm and leisure resort owned and managed by Dr. Eulalio D. Lorenzo, where the environment and the raw elements of nature are as vibrant and thriving as a new place to be in Mega Manila.