QUEZON CITY – The Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA), the umbrella organization of the country’s water supply industry, turned 39 last August 18 capped by a conferment of fellows to outstanding individuals and the launch of Water and Environment Journal, a bi-monthly magazine aimed at promoting the water industry and advocacy for sustainable development at Novotel Hotel.
Conferred PWWA Fellow Awardees were: Engr. Bernardo N. Buenaventura; Engr. Pedrito D. Camilet, Jr.; Mr. Jorge A. Consunji; Engr. Orlando C. Hondrade; Mr. Ramon R. Pastor; Engr. Alfredo S. Silva; and, Mr. Arturo G. Villasan.
PWWA President Eulogio Agatep II said as part ofthe group’s advocacy, the Water and Environment Journal seeks to bring awareness on the importance and significance of protecting the country’s precious resources – the water system and the environment – including new trends and technology in the water supply industry.
For the maiden issue, the cover story features the MWSS Annual Million Tree Challenge, a noble reforestation project in six critical watershed areas that aims to plant one million trees every year for five years spearheaded by MWSS Administrator General Reynaldo V. Velasco, who also serves as PWWA Director. Velasco is the featured water industry leader and his five-point agenda on water security and sustainability at MWSs.
Other featured water executives in this issue are new Manila Water Corporation President and CEO Ferdinand M. De La Cruz and Maynilad President Ramoncito S. Fernandez. Other notable stories are on San Miguel Corporation’s 2030 Water Agenda and its Bulacan Bulk Water Project, K-Water and its major water and power projects in the Philippines, Wastewater and Sewerage Projects of Manila Water and Maynilad, LWUA’s Bamboo Project, and the National Water Roadmap and Summit in Malacanang.
Former Philippine President Fidel V. Ramos writes a regular column for the magazine and who recently launched his latest book at MWSS last 21 April 2017. Says FVR, “Water is not just about preservation and conservation – it is about being caring, sharing, and daring Filipinos for Mother Earth and for water, which is among God’s greatest gifts to mankind.”
Co-published by PWWA and Media Touchstone Ventures. Inc., the Water & Environment Journal is edited by veteran book author and publisher Melandrew T. Velasco. Institutional sponsors for the magazine include Manila Water, Maynilad, San Miguel Corporation and K-Water.
Copies of the magazine are available at the PWWA Office and distributed to policy makers, industry leaders, water districts and other government and private institutions.