World Water Day 2017 Celebration - Kampeon ng Lawa Awards

Every year, the UN-Water, the entity that coordinates the UN’s work on water and sanitation sets the theme for the World Water Day. The theme usually highlights a specific aspect of freshwater or corresponds to a current or future challenge. This year’s theme is “Water and Wastewater”.

The annual celebration is spearheaded by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources through the River Basin Coordinating Office (RBCO) and the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) with the support of other water government agencies and institutions including the Laguna Lake Development Authority.

The week-long celebration kicked off with an Exhibit led by the Manila Water at the G/F New Wing, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City on March 15. The exhibit featured the photos of the Natural Sewage Treatment of LLDA’s Green Building. Partner Agencies graced the event and the ribbon cutting was led by Asec. Nonita Caguioa of DENR and Mr. Fernando Busuego of Manila Water.

In line with the theme, the LLDA organized by the Public Information Unit led the Sta. Cruz Wastewater Facility Tour in cooperation with LLDA Project Development, anagement, Evaluation, Division (LLDA-PDMED) and the staff of the Municipal Slaughter House Office of the Sta. Cruz Local Government Unit represented by Mr. Melandre C. Talabis, Partner agencies who joined were Manila Water Company Inc. (MWCI), Laguna Water, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission (PRRC), Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad), DA-Bureau of Soils and Water Management (DA-BSWM), Philippine Water Partnership (PWP), Department of Environment and Natural Resources National Capital Region (DENR-NCR), Department of Environment and Natural Resources Strategic Concerns and Initiatives Services (DENR-SCIS), Department of Environment and Natural Resources River Basin Control Office (DENR-RBCO), Department of Environment and Natural Resources Manila Bay Coordinating Office(DENR-MBCO), Environmental Management Bureau National Capital Region(EMB-NCR), Environmental Management Bureau Central Office (EMB-CO), Department of Environment and Natural Resources Forest Management Bureau (DENR-FMB) and Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB).

The program was followed by the tour of the Facility and culminated with a lunch at Calle Arco in Pagsanjan, Laguna.

On March 18, selected LLDA employees joined the Department of Environment and Natural Resources River Basin Control Office (DENR-RBCO) in Water Craze: Kilos-kilos para sa Tubig on March 18 at the Liwasang Aurora, Quezon Memorial Circle, Quezon City. The event included a fusion of physical fitness activities, group games, program showcasing homegrown talents and video presentation on various water-related issued and development efforts of DENR partner agencies including LLDA. The event was also highlighted by the Maynilad’s Sungka Tournament.

Finally and as a culminating activity of the 2017 World Water Day Celebration, Maynilad leads the World Water Day 2017 Water and Sustainable Development Awards—Championing your Cause by Recognizing your Champions.

The Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) awards this year’s Kampeon ng Lawa.This year’s awardees are Mr. Gil Abaquin, Chairman of Eco-Industrial Waste Exchange Network, Inc. (EcoIndex), Mr. Jing Iya, Team Leader of the Global Underwater Exlporers or GUE and Dr. Adelaida L. Palma, Chairman of the Inter-Agency TWG on the Containment of Knifefish Infestation. The Kampeon ng Lawa award is given to the deserving partners of LLDA in protecting and restoring the balanced ecology of the Lake. The awards are given during the culminating activity held at the Quezon City Sports Club, Quezon City on March 22.

Other partner agencies also gave different awards to their recipients.

World Water Day is celebrated annually pursuant to the Global Commemoration of World Water Day as embodied in the United Nations General Assembly Resolution.