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Sustainability Programs
 

 Water Provision

 

TUBIG PARA SA BARANGAY

"Tubig Para Sa Barangay" (TPSB) or Water or the Community is the flagship sustainability program of Manila Water, which aims to provide affordable water and deliver 24/7 potable water supply for marginalized communities. It was developed to suit the physical, social, and economic conditions of poor households through flexible financing options and a socialized tariff scheme.

Complementing the TPSB program is a tie-up project with World Bank through Global Partnership on Output-Based Aid (GPOBA). Here, the World Bank provides funds to subsidize the cost of connection fees of customers.

TPSB has brought about remarkable improvements in the quality of life of low-income communities in Metro Manila's East Zone. Since its inception in 1998, over 700 TPSB projects have been completed benefiting over 1.8 million people.

LINGAP

Meant to complement Tubig Para Sa Barangay, Manila Water’s "Lingap" program brings the benefits of potable water to a broader community by installing drinking fountains and wash areas, repairing after-the-meter pipelines, and providing sanitation facilities in public schools, hospitals, orphanages, markets, city jails, and churches.

By extending its reach, Lingap provides a more widespread 24/7 access to clean water. To date, more than 380 institutions and over 1.5 million beneficiaries have benefited through this program.

 

 Water Education

 

LAKBAYAN

The "Lakbayan" or Water Trail program aims to promote stakeholder awareness on the value of water and the need for wise use of water and proper used water management. Participants are exposed to the entire water cycle – from the raw water source, to the treatment process and distribution and up to used water treatment process.

Lakbayan tours have been participated in by more than 800 groups and over 25,000 individuals from local communities, public schools, academe, local government units, national government agencies, media, non-government organizations, foreign institutions and private companies.

Click here to go to the Lakbayan page.

GREENING THE SUPPLY CHAIN

Manila Water values its supply chain as a crucial business partner in providing water and used water services. The company ensures the sustainability of its supply chain by encouraging them to adopt sustainability in the conduct of their businesses and to align their company policies and programs with the company's sustainability thrusts.

One of Manila Water's initiatives to uplift the environmental performance of its vendors is the Greening the Supply Chain program. Vendors are provided with training and technical assistance on cleaner production, energy efficiency, solid waste management, hazardous waste management, environmental laws and other environmental topics.

Green vendor awards are presented to companies that have successfully implemented measures to lessen environmental impacts of their operations, reduce business cost and provide better workplace to its employees. Suppliers and contractors of Manila Water participated in the Green Philippines Islands of Sustainability (GPIoS), an Ecoswitch Program of the European Union. Fifteen of these companies were recognized with an Ecoswitch Certification for their successful implementation of environmental measures.

 

 Environmental Protection

 

WATERSHED MANAGEMENT

Manila Water recognizes that ensuring the sustainability of its water supply means protecting its source — the Ipo, La Mesa and Upper Marikina Watersheds. To ensure the productivity and sustainability of these watersheds, Manila Water has continuously implemented various watershed management initiatives in partnership with relevant key stakeholders.

Healthy, well-managed watershed ecosystems will help secure water supply. Manila Water seeks to manage these critical watersheds by implementing sustainable forest management approaches, soil and water conservation techniques, and collaborating with stakeholders for effective forest protection. Watershed management will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions as a result of deforestation and forest degradation, increase carbon sink capacity, and improve water flow regulation.

To date, a total of over 149 hectares in the Ipo watershed area has been reforested under Manila Water’s Adopt-a-Watershed program.

TOKA TOKA

Toka Toka is the first and only environmental movement in the country that advocates proper management of wastewater (used water) in every household as an important share (or Toka) in reviving our rivers and waterways. Toka Toka believes that if this value shift happens in each household or sector, and is upheld actively by individuals and institutions, rivers and waterways will be freed from the vicious cycle of pollution.

A joint project between Manila Water and founding partners, Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ABS-CBN Foundation, Toka Toka's goal is to move the people into embodying these four ownable acts:

  1. Encouraging solid waste management and segregation;
  2. Desludging of household septic tank every five years;
  3. Connecting all households to a proper sewer line; and
  4. Educating the community on proper wastewater management and the environment.
Since its inaugural partnership formation in 2012, there are now over 25 institutions and companies who have signed up as Toka Toka partners.

For more information, visit our Toka Toka page.