Photo shows Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista during the Toka Toka partnership renewal signing with Manila Water COO Geodino Carpio (2nd left) as Quezon City Vice-Mayor Joy Belmonte (right)looks on.

Manila Water intensifies environmental partnerships with LGUs, NGA

East Zone concessionaire Manila Water continues to intensify its environmental advocacy program called “Toka Toka, the first and only used water management program in the country with the renewal of partnership with the local government of Quezon City and the Department of Interior and Local Government – CALABARZON (DILG-CALABARZON) as well as the sealing of a new partnership with municipal government of Binangonan in Rizal Province.

In Quezon City, Manila Water has renewed its partnership under the leadership of Mayor Herbert Bautista with both agencies committing to hold more lectures on “Toka Toka Lingap Sapa” and mount clean-up drives in various barangays that will further reinforce their pledges to become waterway champions.

Manila Water Chief Operating Officer Geodino V. Carpio vowed to conduct more environmental activities with the Quezon City government through the regular provision of desludging services or septic tank cleaning, tree planting activities and facility tours for employees of the local government.

In Rizal Province, Manila Water found a new partner in the person of Mayor Cesar Ynares of Binangonan.  In a historic partnership seal signing, both Manila Water and Binangonan commit to undertake information, education and communication campaigns on the importance of used water management as well as conduct clean-up drives of waterways.

Ynares also thanked Manila Water for the latter’s unwavering support in providing clean and potable water for the municipality which has long been dependent on deepwell sources. In response, Carpio also hailed the partnership as a fitting way to celebrate its 10th year partnership with the local government of Binangonan. Carpio also explained that Manila Water is currently installing pipes under the Rizal Province Water Supply Improvement Program to serve Binangonan and the other adjacent towns of Rizal.

In a related development, Manila Water Philippine Ventures operating unit Laguna Water sealed a partnership with the DILG-CALABARZON through its Regional Director IV-A Manuel Q. Gotis with the latter promising to support the company’s advocacies including its water and used water programs.