The EMB-NCR, in partnership with Maynilad, joined the global community in celebrating World Water Day by involving the senior citizens and Persons With Disabilities from Quezon City particularly from Barangays Sta. Cruz, Roosevelt, Culiat and San Antonio.

There were 17 senior citizens and Persons With Disabilities who attended the celebration conducted at the Treatment Plant 2 of Maynilad, with this year’s theme“ Why Wastewater.”

The involvement of senior citizens and PWDs in the celebration aimed to increase their level of awareness on the importance of potable water, the need of treating wastewater and update them on the current issues regarding the environment. The activity was also designed to make them feel their importance in the community; that even with their old age or physical challenges, they can still productively contribute to the conservation, protection and management of the environment.

Mr. Bimbo Perez of Maynilad gave a brief history of Maynilad, its success in terms of the services it has rendered to the public.

Ms. Mirla De Leon of the Operations Department also of Maynilad discussed the importance of potable water, the different processes done in the treatment plant and the assurance that potable water from Maynilad is safe – from the treatment plant until the water reaches the meter of the residents. “Complaints on the contamination of water can be attributed on varied factors,”  Ms. Mirla said. “It can be due to some leaks on the pipes, the duration by which they had been installed or the design by which they had been laid among others”.

Anieflor Ullero and Nadine Valderama of the Environmental Education and Information Unit and Nonie Ronquillo of the Solid Waste Management Unit, EMB-NCR discussed Climate Change (RA 9729), Clean Water Act (RA 9275) and Ecological Solid Waste (RA 9003) respectively.

In consideration of the safety of the participants, the organizers decided to take them to a nearby building overlooking the treatment facilities of Maynilad instead of the treatment plant tour originally scheduled.

As a result, the 17 participants will become ripples of information and education in their respective barangays on the importance of conserving water and the need to treat wastewater before being drained to the different water systems.  It is also hoped that  with the increase in their level of understanding in mitigating and adapting measures to lessen the severe impacts of climate change, our government’s objective of making this planet a better and safer place to live will be achieved.