The Davao City Water District (DCWD) and the Newton Prize-winning NexCities Project Team were honored along with 17 other ‘New Water Champions’ during the World Water Day Awards held last March 22.
The awards were presented during a virtual ceremony after a weeklong observance of World Water Day carrying the theme “Valuing Water.”
The annual event was organized by the National Water Resources Board and Maynilad in collaboration with other water agencies and companies including Aboitiz InfraCapital and its water business units, Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (Apo Agua) and Lima Water Corp. (LWC).
Apo Agua conferred the ‘Kavontog do’t Aweg’ (Obu-Manuvu term for Hero of the Water) Award to DCWD’s Adopt-a-Site Project for its role in ensuring the protection and conservation of the Tipolog-Tamugan Watershed- Davao City’s next water source.
“The ‘Kavontog do’t Aweg’ Award recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals and organizations that advocate for protecting and preserving the environment. We wanted to acknowledge the Adopt-a-Site Project of DCWD because much like Apo Agua and the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP), it proactively looks and takes action for sustainable solutions to environmental problems, so that Davao City may continue to grow and thrive for generations to come,” said Shake Tuason, Apo Agua operations head.
The Adopt-a-Site Project is an intensified and multi-sectoral move for the rehabilitation of Mt. Talomo-Lipadas, Malagos and Mt. Tipolog-Tamugan watersheds in Davao City. The project enables various sectors to donate a counterpart share to plant and maintain trees and other rehabilitation activities for a minimum period of five years.
DCWD was also named the Huwarang Lingkod Tubig Awardee for Mindanao by the Local Water Utilities Administration.
Meanwhile, Lima Water Corporation conferred the ‘Agos ng Pag-asa’ Award to the NexCities Project which builds on the 2019 Newton Prize-winning research on converting human wastewater into nutrient-rich fertilizer. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Surrey in the UK and De La Salle University (DLSU) in the Philippines.
The NexCities Project primarily aims to demonstrate how fertilizer can be produced from septic tank wastewater and be used in agriculture. The project is in collaboration with the Salikneta Farm of the De La Salle Araneta University and the Society for the Conservation of Philippine Wetlands Inc.