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the 27th philwater conference

Global Challenges: Water and Wastewater Sectors, Utilities, Operation and Maintenance

the 27th philwater conference

Global Challenges: Water and Wastewater Sectors, Utilities, Operation and Maintenance

Date: 1 October 2021
Time: 8:00 - 18:30 (GMT+8)
Venue: Zoom

About the virtual conference

Though the SARS-COV2 or COVID-19 pandemic is still upon us, the Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA) is unflinching in its commitment towards the promotion and development of the safe water and wastewater disposal systems in the country through sustainable water resources utilization for the benefits of the nation, the economy and the natural environment. PWWA is proud and pleased to announce the holding of the 27th Philwater Conference 2021 (Virtual) on October 1, 2021.

The Philwater 2021 International Conference will carry the theme, “Global Challenges: Water and Wastewater Sectors, Utilities, Operation and Maintenance", focusing on the major impacts to the economy and adverse effects to the industry in this pandemic. This will be done through the conduct of virtual technical sessions on a line-up of relevant topics and presentations of products and technologies related to the theme. We will be tapping experts on the subject and firms for technical paper as well as product presentations.

Note: All registered attendees will receive a certificate of participation.

Registration fee

Early Bird Price
Regular Price

Before 25 September 2021

CONFIRMATION: PWWA will confirm registration upon receipt of the registration form and payment. No processing of registration will take place unless all fees have been received. CANCELLATION: A 25% administrative fees will be charged for all cancellations prior to September 20, 2021. No refund will be made for all cancellations after this date. Cancellations must be in writing and received by the Secretariat on the specified date and will be settled after the conference.

Deposit slip/s should be faxed to (02) 920-7145 for verification or email at [email protected]


Event Highlights

This schedule is tentative and subject to change. The organisers will update this space from time to time.

Opening Ceremony

Introduction of the 27th Philwater International Conference ​

8:50 – 9:00

Ms. Dittie Galang

Corporate Communication Head
Manila Water Company, Inc.

Mr. Zmel Grabillo

AVP For Business Area Operations
Maynilad Water Services, Inc

Welcome Remarks​

9:00 – 9:10

Atty. Vicente B. Joyas

Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA)

Declaration of the Opening of the Conference​

9:10 – 9:15

Dr. Dickson San Juan

VP for International Affairs
Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA)

Inspirational Message​​

9:15 – 9:30

Atty. Guiling A. Mamondiong

Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA)

Guest Speaker

9:30 – 9:45

Asec. Roderick M. Planta

National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA)

First Keynote Speech

9:45 – 10:00

Mr. Tom Mollenkopf

International Water Association

Second Keynote Speech

10:00 – 10:10

H.E. Saskia de Lang

Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Third Keynote Speech

10:10 – 10:20

H.E. Jaroslav Roman Szczepankiewicz

Embassy of the Republic of Poland in the Philippines

Plenary Session A

Introduction of Plenary Session A

10:30 – 10:35

Mr. Joel M. De Jesus

Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA)

Commitment to Service: Adaptation and Resilience Amid Adversity

10:35 – 10:50

Atty. Patrick Lester N. Ty

Chief Regulator
Metropolitan Waterworks & Sewerage Systems Regulatory Office (MWSS RO)

Water Sector Resilience and Sustainability

10:50 – 11:05

Mr. J. V. Emmanuel A. De Dios

President & CEO
Manila Water Company, Inc

Water Sector Resilience and Sustainability

11:05 – 11:20

Mr. Ramoncito S. Fernandez

President & CEO
Maynilad Water Services, Inc

Angat Reservoir: Water Supply Outlook

11:20 – 11:35

Dr. Sevillo David Jr.

Executive Director
National Water Resources Board (NWRB)

Sustainable Solutions to Enhancing Water Services in Combating COVID-19

11:35 – 11:50

Mr. Farchad Kaviani

Managing Director
SUEZ Municipal Water Southeast Asia,

Accelerating Wastewater Infrastructure Development in the Philippines

11:50 – 12:05

Engr. Dolores M. Hipolito

Project Manager III
Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH)


The protection of water bodies from pollution through the provision of infrastructure to address domestic wastewater is strengthened by the National Sewerage and Septage Management Program (NSSMP), prepared by the Department of Public Works and Highways as mandated by the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004. As approved by the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Board in 2010, the grant allocation or subsidy was 40% to Local Government Units implementing a septage /sewerage project. This subsidy was increased to 50% in 2017, yet, to date only one city has availed of the subsidy.

The Philippine Water Supply and Sanitation Program (PWSSMP, 2019-2030) intends to adopt viability gap financing under a unified resource allocation framework for water and sewerage systems, aside from pursuing key reform agendas. The government’s efforts in accelerating wastewater infrastructure development and addressing challenges like fragmentation in the water and sanitation sector, comprehensive planning, lack of capacity in wastewater management, weak enforcement of regulations, low level of awareness and demand from the public are discussed.

Plenary Session B

Introduction of Plenary Session B​

13:00 – 13:05

Engr. Rico S. Ongcoy

Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA)

Optimal Material Selection for Waste Water Pumps

13:05 – 13:20

Mr. Byron Austin

Regional Product Manager - Water Utility APAC
Grundfos Asia Pacific


Grundfos SE/SL Wastewater Pumps:
Join us in this session where we will discuss the important topic of optimal materials selection for wastewater pumps. The webcast presents considerations like pump design selection through to also matching the correct materials of construction to achieve maximum reliability and life expectancy from your pumping system. We will introduce our new Open S-tube design that takes solids handling to a new level along with the new material variants available to support high resistance to harsh environments. Come and see the next generation of pumps taking up the ever increasing demand on your systems.

Clean Water and Sanitation: Laguna Water Ensuring Safe and Reliable Water to 500,000 people in Laguna

13:20 – 13:35

Engr. Melissa A. Alcasid

Technical Operations Head - LAGUNA WATER I
Manila Water Philippine Ventures Company

Use of Novel Automated Microbiological Technique in Meeting Philippines Drinking Water Quality Standards during the COVID- 19 Pandemic

13:35 – 13:50

Ms. Christine T. Bagsik

Maynilad Water Services, Inc.

Plenary Session C

Topic: Dutch Perspective on Converting Challenges into Opportunities During the Pandemic

Introduction of Plenary Session C

17:00 – 17:05

Mr. Arjan Braamskamp

Regional Manager Americas
Country Manager Bangladesh & Philippines, Netherlands Water Partnership (NWP)

Peeking Down the Drain. How Wastewater Became A Source of Information to Monitor the Pandemic

17:05 – 17:20

Mr. Frederic Béen

Researcher – Chemical Water Quality and Health
KWR Water Research Institute

Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Project; How VEI And Its Project Partners Help Mitigate the Effects Of COVID-19

17:20 – 17:35​

Mr. Patrick Egan

Project Manager – Philippines

Technical Session A​

Video Presentation by Pamana Water Inc.

14:10 – 14:15

Ms. Jin S. Macaspac

Business Development Manager
Pamana Water Inc.

Introduction of Technical Session A

14:15 – 14:20

Mr. Antonio B. Magtibay

Philippine Water Works Association (PWWA)

New Pathways to Access Global Water Innovation in the Philippines

14:20 – 14:35

Mr. Nimesh Modak

Imagine H2O Asia

Let’s Do It in Our Generation: Making Water Technologies Simple for Sustainable Water Resources

14:35 – 14:50

Mr. Victor Lim

Mattenplant Pte Ltd- a SKion Water Company

Nanotechnology Revolution in Wastewater Treatment

14:50 – 15:05

Dr. Daniele Selli

Assistant Sales Director International Market
VTA Austria GmbH MTI Water Technologies, Inc.


Novel technologies are paramount to preserve a crucial resource of our planet – water. Thanks to its 30-year experience and advanced research and development strategies, VTA Austria GmbH is at the cutting hedge for high-tech products in wastewater treatment.

VTA Nanofloc A644 embodies the mission of VTA which is making performing wastewater treatment with lower environmental impact.

The Nanoparticles present in the product, allow for peerless performances in Biological Wastewater Treatment with very limited dosage. VTA Nanofloc A644 provides cleaner effluent water, increase of the hydraulic load, stabilization of the plant and cost savings (energy, chemicals, running costs)

This makes our product the best option for the optimization of every Municipal and Industrial WWTP

Technical Session B