FOLLOWING its successful campaign in the municipalities of San Mateo and Angono in Rizal Province, the Manila Water Company Inc. scores again with its recent partnership with the city government of Antipolo to reinforce efforts on wastewater management under the Toka Toka environmental advocacy project.
Manila Water Corporate Strategic Affairs Group Director Ferdinand Dela Cruz welcomed the union with Antipolo Mayor Casimiro “Jun” Ynares, saying that the company’s advocacy on used water management has gained greater traction in the province with the inclusion of Antipolo City in the roster of the east concessionaire’s “Toka Toka” partners.
“Manila Water and Antipolo have always been great partners in ensuring that potable water from renewable surface source is available to the residents of this progressive mountain city. But today, we want to focus on joining forces with the government of Antipolo to manage its water resource through used water management, which is the essence of the “Toka Toka” campaign,” dela Cruz said.
He also underscored the importance of undertaking environmental initiatives as a critical factor in sustaining water resources for the next generation of Filipinos.
“This project marks a new beginning for everyone to commit to environmental sustainability. We need to help one another in managing our water system,” dela Cruz said.
Ynares also expressed his appreciation in collaborating with Manila Water as the Ayala-led company continues to strive in ensuring that potable water would be available to the remaining 13 percent of the city, specifically in Barangay Cabading and Sitio Umilang.
Both parties have agreed to further promote the environmental campaign through regular coordination meetings with barangays in the city; the implementation of the monthly “Barangay Day” to enable marginalized households to have greater access to potable water supply; and the participation of various barangays in clean-up drive programs in the area.
“Toka Toka” aims to educate the public on wastewater management, including the proper disposal of garbage; desludging of septic tanks; connecting to Manila Water’s sewer network; and supporting the company’s community-based sanitation and used water projects.