22 – 24 MARCH 2023​
SMX Convention Center, Manila

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)