ADMINISTRATOR Reynaldo V. Velasco of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) was been elected as director of the Asia Water Council (AWC) during the recent Fourth AWC meeting in Beijing, China.

AWC President Hak Soo-lee formally welcomed Velasco who briefly addressed the delegates to the AWC meeting, saying, “It is my honor to represent the Philippines and the MWSS as a member of the Asia Water Council and I thank everyone for this warm welcome.”

The AWC is a global network focused in providing tangible solutions on Asian Water Challenges and facilitating multilateral discussions among stakeholders. The AWC coordinates with stakeholders during identification and implementation of tangible solutions.

AWC Executive Director Yongdeok Cho said the AWC was organized in June 2014, when the Asian Water High Level Round Table was held in Korea, wherein a majority consensus was arrived at that Asia needed to tackle its collective water problems.

Likewise, Velasco has also been invited as one of the resource speakers of the forthcoming Asia International Water Week (AIWW), a forum for sharing AWC’s professional achievements, as well as knowledge sharing with other professionals’ experience and networks.

The MWSS chief is expected to lecture on Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in the waterworks industry in the first AIWW and Korea International Water Week (KIWW) to be held from September 20 to 23 in Gyeongju, South Korea.

“As part of my presentation, I will present and highlight the successful public-private partnership among MWSS and the three concessionaires—Manila Water, Maynilad and Bulacan Bulk Water—as an effective Legal Framework for SDGs on water-supply development, operations and management,” Velasco said.

Velasco, a retired three-star police officer and professional manager, was appointed as MWSS administrator on February 20.

23 April 2017
By Claudeth Mocon-Ciriaco