MWSS partnership with Manila Water, Maynilad highlighted at Korea confab
World water leaders cited the Philippines’ 20-year-old successful Private-Public Partnership (PPP) among the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Manila Water, Maynilad and SMC’s Luzon Clean Water Corporation.
This happened during the first Asia Water Week and Korea International Water Week (KIWW) recently held in Gyeongju, South Korea that brought together some 2,500 stakeholders in the water industry to discuss ways to establish lasting partnerships that are needed to resolve water issues in Asia around the world.
MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco, Manila Water President Ferdinand M. de la Cruz and Maynilad President Ramoncito S. Fernandez shared billing in the twin Korea water conferences as they presented “Water Security Under the Duterte Administration and the Successful PPP in the Philippines.”
“The Korea water conferences was an important event to further promote the country’s effective, participative and successful PPP legal framework started in 1997 by President Fidel V. Ramos through a Concession Agreement in the water industry that the Philippines, through Manila Water, is now exporting to ASEAN countries like Myanmar, Vietnam and Indonesia,” said Velasco.
In his speech, Manila Water President Ferdz dela Cruz stressed that “water PPP can work in many places provided the regulatory framework is clear, transparent and consistent”.
“An output-based scheme is appropriate for the private sector to provide an environment to perform well and in an efficient manner. Water PPP has worked in Metro Manila. It has worked in other parts of the Philippines. It can work in many more places in Asia. Manila Water is a testimony that Asians can solve Asian water issues,” Dela Cruz said.
For his part, Maynilad President Mon Fernandez said their partnership with the MWSS has benefited millions of Filipinos, spurred economic activity with our investments and generated thousands of jobs.
Velasco was one of the 10 major signatories to the World Water Cities Declaration spearheaded by Daegu City Mayor Yeong Jin Kwon who stressed the need for cities and countries to work together to resolve water issues. Daegu will host next year’s KIWW.