WaterLinks Participates in the Philippine Water and Sanitation Forum of water.org-Philippines
Water.org-Philippines held its first Philippine Water and Sanitation Forum with the theme, “Accelerating Impacts Through Collaboration”, on 10 May 2018 at the Marco Polo Hotel in Pasig City.
The Forum showcased water.org ’s collaborative work and experiences in providing sustainable water and sanitation facilities to poor communities highlighting its pioneering work on market-driven financial solutions to the global water crisis. The Forum covered four (4) thematic sessions: 1) Water Credit for Communities; 2) Finance as the Engine of Change; 3) A Shared Mission, and 4) Partnering for Progress.
WaterLinks chaired the session 3, A Shared Mission: How collaboration with water service providers can help the capacity building to scale water supply and sanitation. Ms. Mai Flor, Executive Director of WaterLiks facilitated the session which had three (3) presenters: Mr. Carlos Ani of water.org Philippines who presented water.org’s latest program, WaterConnect, an innovative credit facility featuring a working partnership among a water utility, a micro finance institution, and the community for the provision of water supply services. WaterConnect was piloted in Laguna Water and supported by both ASA Philippines and Taytay sa Kauswagan, Inc (TSKI); Mr. Carlos Santos, President of the Philippine Association of Water District tackled the capacity building challenges and needs of water districts; and Ms. Yoly Gomez of WaterLinks who presented the programs of WaterLinks aimed at helping water utilities across Asia and the Pacific improve operational efficiency. The session highlighted the need to strengthen collaboration and partnerships among key actors in the sector such as the water operators, the government, and NGOs to help build capacities.
Water.org is an international NGO which pioneered innovative, sustainable solutions to the global water crisis working with microfinance institutions to help poor households access to water and sanitation services