December 9-11 2013, Makati, Metro Manila, Philippines
CITYNET would like to express its deepest condolences to those Philippine islands struck by the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. As this tragedy demonstrated, resilient water systems are crucial to saving lives, preventing the spread of disease and the long-term rebuilding of communities. With this in mind, the ‘Training Course on Water and Sanitation in Climate Sensitive Cities’ from 9 – 11 December 2013 hosted by the City Government of Makati and organized in partnership with Seoul Metropolitan Government and UN-Habitat, introduced water managers from across the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Nepal to the policies and technologies required for effective water supply and treatment in areas prone to climatic extremes.
Seoul Metropolitan Government outlined the water purification methods, wastewater treatment processes and environmental policies which have seen the city set new international standards in water management. The workshop also took the opportunity to gather information from those participant cities for the 2013 Asian Sanitation Data Book – a joint publication by CITYNET, UN-Habitat and the Asian Development Bank devised to recover some of the data gaps in the water and sanitation sector.
Three days of technical sessions, discussions, data benchmarking exercises and site visits to Manila Water’s sewerage treatment facilities culminated in participants drafting water and sanitation action plans for their respective cities. The actions cited included an increase in 2014 budget allocations to water quality analysis, a higher installation rate of septic tanks and toilet facilities for low income households and the introduction of lessons on water, sanitation and hygiene into elementary schools.