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New developments in the Philippine water sector are perhaps one area where advocates aspire to see more happening. It is without doubt that we see more talk than action on the country's sustainable water future. While everybody agrees that we can live without most things but not without water, there appears to be a low public appreciation on the importance of water to this day. While occasionally our farmers are hit by drought and people suffer from temporary water shortages as well as many have no access to clean water, on the whole no one feels that there is a serious water crisis hitting the country to be alarmed about and so this leads to a "why act now" attitude.

Setting aside this public attitude towards water, the flipside is the need of the private sector to increase competitiveness by managing resources well, addressing market requirements and ensuring that business is built on the foundation of sustainability and resiliency. Looking at the water sector from this business lens, offers a different perspective and motivation to see faster developments in the water sector of the country as well as to address water challenges head on.

It is in this race to gain a market edge among businesses and investors where we find more appreciation for water as it contributes to the aspired competitiveness and profitability that businesses desire. In this arena, water is appreciated and where business opportunities lie.

It is within this context that the Water Challenge Forum 2018 is being organized.


  1. To provide an update on recent developments in the Philippine water sector and discuss policy, programs and projects initiated by the National Government Agencies and Local Government Units;
  2. To engage non-government organizations and international organizations to share their insights and programs on developing the Philippine water sector;
  3. To highlight business opportunities in the water sector; and
  4. To showcase innovative technologies that addresses the water challenges.


  • Business Executives
  • National Government Officials
  • Local Government Officials
  • International Organizations Representatives
  • Water Utilities/Water Districts Representatives
  • Water Solutions Providers
  • Water Program and Projects Implementers
  • Academe
  • Non-Government Organization Representatives
  • Architects, Environmental Planners and Engineers
  • Property Developers
  • Professional Consultants

For more details, please email Ms. Kamyr Catapang at and/or Ms. Meluz Malantic at

Aug 30, 2018

8 AM - 5 PM

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Ballroom 2-5, Solaire Resort Hotel
Aseana Avenue 1
Parañaque, Metro Manila, Philippines

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  • Opening Session
    8 AM - 9 AMRegistration
    9 AM - 9:10 AMCall to Order
    9:10 AM - 9:20 AMWelcome Address
    9:20 AM - 9:40 AMKeynote Address of the European Union
    H.E. Amb. Franz Jessen, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Philippines
    9:40 AM - 10 AMKeynote Address of the National Government
    Atty. Jonas Leones, Undersecretary for Policy, Planning and International Affairs, Department of Natural Resources
    10 AM - 10:20 AMOpen Forum
    Session 1: Improving Water Resource Governance and Management Among Stakeholders
    10:20 AM - 10:35 AMIntegrated Water Resource Management
    Atty. Nathaniel Santos
    Chairman, Philippine Water Partnership
    10:35 AM - 10:50 AMInstitutional Reforms needed in Water Governance and Management
    Dr. Sevillo D. David, Jr.
    Executive Director, National Water Resources Board
    10:50 AM - 11:05 AMPhilippine Water Supply and Sanitation Masterplan
    Ms. Kathleen Mangune
    Assistant Director for Investment Programming in Infrastructure, National Economic Development Authority
    11:05 AM - 11:20 AMLegislative Agenda in Water Sector Reforms
    Cong. Arthur Yap
    House of Representatives
    11:20 AM - 11:35 AMWASH governance, Sanitation Programming and WASH in Learning Centres
    Ms. Louise Maule
    Chief of Water, Sanitation & Hygiene Section
    UNICEF Philippines
    11:35 AM - 11:55 AMOpen Forum
    11:55 AM - 1 PMLunch
    Session 2: Investing in Water Infrastructure Opportunities
    1 PM - 1:15 PMAccelerating Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure Development
    Mr. Rogelio Luy
    Chairman, Local Water Utilities Administration
    1:15 PM - 1:30 PMFinancing Water Supply and Sanitation Infrastructure to meet SDG 6
    Mr. Christopher Ancheta
    Senior Sanitation Engineer, World Bank (Phils.)
    1:30 PM - 1:45 PMOverview of Water Projects - Innovative Improvements
    Mr. Malcolm MacLarty
    Project Manager-Water Business, ARUP
    1:45 PM - 2 PMOpen Forum
    Session 3: Exploring Public-Private Sector Partnerships in the Local Service Delivery of Water and Sanitation
    2:05 PM - 2:20 PMPublic-Private Partnerships on Water and Sanitation with the LGUs
    Mr. Lawrence G. Velasco
    Director, Public-Private Partnership Center
    2:20 PM - 2:35 PMMWSS Initiatives to Improve Water Supply and Sanitation in Metro Manila and parts of Cavite and Rizal
    Mr. Franklin Demonteverde
    Board of Trustees Chairman, Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage Systems
    2:35 PM - 2:50 PMPrivate Sector 1
    Engr. Francisco A. Arellano
    Senior Consultant
    Maynilad Water Services, Inc.
    2:50 PM - 3:05 PMExamples of PPP in Water Districts
    Mr. Patrick Michael Egan
    Water and Wastewater Consultant, Hydro Mechanical Systems
    3:05 PM - 3:25 PMOpen Forum
    Session 4: Adopting Innovative Technologies to Address Water Challenges (Private Sector)
    3:25 PM - 3:40 PMNestle Initiatives on Water
    Engr. Jess Reyes
    Vice President - Corporate Affairs Executive, Nestle Philippines, Inc.
    3:40 PM - 3:55 PMEcosystems Approach in the Sustainable Management of Water Resources
    Mr. Jesus Las Marias
    Water Policy Researcher, Inang Lupa Movement
    3:55 PM - 4:10 PMWastewater Management
    Open for Sponsors
    4:10 PM - 4:30 PMOpen Forum


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Executive Table (10 seats)

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2018 WCF Program as of Aug 28.pdf

Be an Event Sponsor!

Sponsorship opportunities are offered to companies in order to provide greater visibility during the event, opportunities to market products/services, speaking slots (specific to certain packages) and complimentary seats during the event.

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Meluz Malantic at meluz.malantic@eccp.comor call (02) 845-1324.