The Quezon City government’s Climate Change and Environmental Sustainability Department (CCESD) has been named as one of the country’s leading water and environment champions during the World Water Day Philippines Award 2023.
CCESD chief Andrea Villaroman received the Water Warrior Award for Advocacy Leadership during a ceremony organized by the Maynilad Water Services Inc., National Water Resources Board, and Department of Environment and Natural Resources to mark the observance of World Water Day last March 22,
“This recognition is a testament that the city’s initiatives in water conservation have positively impacted the lives of our residents. We are working closely with our partners and stakeholders to develop more programs to ensure water sufficiency for QCitizens in the future,” Mayor Joy Belmonte said.
Belmonte herself was also a recipient of the award in 2021.
According to Villaroman, as early as 2019, the city has already launched its responsible water use campaign which involved all stakeholders in water conservation measures.
Belmonte said she has strengthened the department’s cause by issuing a memorandum to all city departments, and barangays to use water responsibly and promote responsible water management.
Various efforts to deliberately attain water sufficiency are also in the pipeline as they are included in the Quezon City Enhanced Local Climate Change Action Plan,—the city’s strategic framework and roadmap in climate action.