As part of strengthening capacities of local resource institutions in water security, particularly in the aspect of water demand management, Mahintana Foundation, Inc., together with CENRO-GSC and GSC Water District participated in the Intermediate Water Demand Management Training of Trainors (TOT) in Seda Hotel, BGC, Taguig, Metro Manila on 15-16 December 2021. Mahintana was represented by its Operations Manager, EnP. Jobe C. Tubigon, while CENRO-GSC and GSC Water District were represented by EnP. Allan Marcilla and Engr. Jade de Juan respectively.
A total of 23 participants joined the 2-day TOT activity representing other organizations/provinces in the country, particularly Palawan and Negros Occidental. These other organizations include San Carlos City Waterworks, Kabankalan City Water District, University of Saint La Salle Bacolod, City Government of Puerto Princesa, Puerto Princes Water District, Seda BGC, PBSP, Maynilad Water Services, and Nalco Water The activity was organized by Safe Water Project – DAI Global, with technical support/facilitation from Water Alliance, represented by PBSP, Maynilad and Nalco Water, as resource organizations.
The TOT activity was generally aimed at promoting and building capacity of the WSPs, LGUs and private sector in adopting measures to decrease their water footprint & manage their wastewater at company/ institution and industry levels through the WDM strategies and technologies. It was intended for participants to familiarize water supply and demand scenario, water balance computation, basics of water resource conservation and management, and water management modalities. It provided hands-on application of the framework, processes and tools on water demand management – for participants to be equipped with knowledge and skills as local Water Auditors.
During the 2-day activity, the participants/participating organizations/LGUs were able to conduct hands-on water audit in the water facilities of Seda Hotel BGC as learning site – a must have learning experience/demonstration for future water auditors. International standards/parameters in water use/consumption for fixtures, fittings and appliance were used during the demo water audits. The participating organizations/LGUs were also able to formulate re-entry/actionable plans for water demand management/water audits for their respective organizations/LGUs.