Water districts set nat’l convention in Iloilo City
The country’s water districts will seek to secure better options for funding and technological support to sustain their water supply and sanitation projects in the countryside as they convene in the 39th annual national convention of the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD).
To be held tomorrow until Friday at the Iloilo Convention Center in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, the convention hopes to discuss “holistic and appropriate approaches” to common problems faced by water utilities nationwide in view of the challenges of population and economic growth and the climate change.
While water districts can now access funding in the financial market and enter into joint ventures with private investors for their improvement and expansion projects, a number of them are still in urgent need of government funding and technical assistance.
The convention will be led by guests of honor and speakers including Senator Loren Legarda, chair of the Senate Committee on the Environment, and Deputy House Speaker, Representative Fredenil H. Castro.
Also expected to attend are Iloilo Gov. Arthur Defensor, Sr., Iloilo City Mayor Jose Espinosa lll, and Administrator Jeci A. Lapus of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA).
Deputy Speaker Castro shall keynote the opening of the convention while Senator Legarda will address the body at the closing session, after inducting the incoming new chairman and president and other officers of PAWD who will be elected during the convention.