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WMSU, first SUC to ink MOA with ZCWD on Water Demand Management Project


Taking the lead in the academic arena in mitigating the effects of climate change and projected water scarcity in 2025 according to a research conducted by the United Nations, Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) officially partners with Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) in their Water Demand Management Project (WDMP) as WMSU signs the Memorandum of Agreement with ZCWD on May 22, 2018.

Among the State Universities and Colleges in the Philippines (SUCs), WMSU, at present, is the only SUC to collaborate with the local water district as a training hub for the said quest on water security, sanitation and resiliency to climate change.

The training hub will cater not only to those in the academe but also to the skilled workers who are engaged in plumbing works, janitorial services, environmental and sanitary engineering, architecture and design. The University will be conducting symposiums and consultations with the different organizations and agencies in the region.

“What WMSU would really like to do is to look into how we would be able to craft modules, charts, guidelines and contribute to the city’s progress and development and programs where we are involving those in far flung areas who are unaware of the water demand management and water audit,” says Dr. Milabel Enriquez Ho.

Also present during the MOA signing was WMSU Board of Regents (BOR) member for the private sector Dr. Edwin M. Caliolio, Vice President for Resource Generation Dr. Teresita A. Narvaez, WMSU Officials, ZCWD Representatives headed by General Manager Leonardo Rey D. Vasquez.

Private Sector Representative on the WMSU BOR, Dr. Edwin M. Caliolio envisions WMSU to be certified as a “Green State University” and a prime mover in harnessing solar power, energy conservation, and recycling water. “This project can be an agent for a positive change not only in the city but also in the region and the country,” says he.

The partnership was made possible through the efforts of the Office of the President for Special Programs and Projects (SPPO) under the supervision of Dr. Gloria Florendo.

The launching of WMSU as a training hub for Water Demand Management and Water Audit is soon to be disclosed. (ED Cruz-PAO,WMSU)

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