Enhancing Access to and Provision of Water Services with the Active Participation of the Poor

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Background

This proposal contributes to the improvement of efficiency, access, affordability and quality of potable water services provided by utilities. It supports community-based initiatives to enhance and establish the sustainable delivery of water in depressed communities in five (5) regions; 36 waterless municipalities with 122,000 households (HHs). Government investments in infrastructure will be complemented by policy/regulatory reforms and capacity building to stimulate investment flows, promote participation, empower duty bearers/claimholders and address socio-economic needs. Grassroots organizations, local government units (LGUs) and other local institutions will be mobilized to ensure access of water to HHs and community facilities and institutions. Cost-recovery measures will be integrated to ensure sustainability. Financing schemes will also be tested. Capacities of local duty bearers and claimholders, esp. women, will be capacitated to sustain the delivery of services.

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Main Outcomes

  • Establish investment support mechanisms to improve efficiency, access, affordability and quality of water services provided by utilities at the local/community level
  • Enhance local capacities to develop, operate and manage water utilities by fostering inclusive participation in decisions relating to water service provision

Main Achievements

  • JP’s 36 municipalities have been prioritized in new government plan for hard infrastructure in waterless areas. 5 policy studies presented.
  • Local chief executives committed to allocate development funds for water supply provision. Other commitments secured for: protection of watersheds; regulation of mining and logging activities; improved solid waste management; intensified information, education and communication; inclusion of water resources management in education curriculum; timely payment of water bills.
  • Partnership created for provision of interim water supply for remote JP areas. 200,000 local stakeholders, particularly schoolchildren and youth, mobilized to advocate for the provision of water in waterless areas. Other partnerships formed with public and private sector to mobilize citizens to advocate for the prioritization of water supply provision.

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