PH water districts to hold convention in Davao

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The Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD), the national umbrella organization of more than 500 local water districts in the country, will be staging the Products and Services Exhibit 2014 as part of its 35th National Convention on February 4 to 6 at the SMX Convention Center, Davao City.

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The convention’s theme, “Water Districts: Addressing Challenges in Water Supply and Sanitation,” will give emphasis to the crucial role of water districts in making sure that Filipinos in the countryside have access to safe water supply and sanitation facilities.

PAWD President Alfredo Silva assured that water districts are continuously intensifying their efforts to fulfill their mandate amid pressing water security threats in the Philippines.

“Together with the DPWH and LWUA, water districts are now creating strategies that will provide sustainable water access to waterless communities,” Silva said.

According to PAWD Chairman Gilbert Camaligan, despite consistent rains in the country, many households are still without access to a steady and safe supply of water.

“Many Filipinos also lack access to ample sanitation facilities and are therefore subjected to water-borne diseases like cholera and typhoid fever,” Camaligan said.

The annual event, which has recorded success in the past, will serve as a venue where key players in the water industry share and exchange ideas and knowledge on leadership, techniques and best practices that can help further globally sustain water supply and sanitation.

Various local and international exhibitors will fill up more than 80 booths that will display the latest innovations and technologies on water supply delivery and wastewater management, which can be adopted in the operation of water utilities.

The exhibit, usually attended by more than 1,000 delegates and trade visitors, will be a great opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers to meet, face to face, the decision-makers of the local water districts, which are their target market.

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