Israel provides innovative solutions to help the Philippines improve water resource management and conservation.
The Israeli International Development Cooperation Agency and the United States International Assistance Agency shared Israeli expertise and experience in water resource management with the Government of the Philippines and local water rights holders in the Philippines.
“Israel has invested in technology to support the country’s growing demand and urbanization,” Israeli Ambassador to the Philippines Iran Hulus said at a recent seminar.
He said the technology was “introduced with good policies and regulations, making Israel a world leader in managing the water sector.”
“From desalination to reuse of sewage to minimizing water loss and more,” the ambassador said.
“Through this seminar, we hope that the leading implementing agencies in the Philippines will gain insights from the Israeli experience and adapt it to the local situation,” he added.
He pointed out that Israel faces challenges in water conservation and management. The Middle East is an arid region, and “more than 50% of her in Israel is actually a desert,” he said.
The Israeli Embassy in Manila said Susan Abano, director general of the National Water Resources Authority, shared the challenges facing the Philippines as water availability continues to decline due to increased demand.
According to the embassy, Rodel Rick Tumanda and John Michael Esteban, engineers at Maynilad and Manila Water, respectively, and Patrick Tai, chief regulator of Metropolitan Waterworks and the sewage system, provided their views on managing water shortages.
“These were analyzed by the Israeli water delegation and presented advanced solutions to better manage the country’s water sector,” the embassy said in a statement.
“Israeli companies highlighted Israeli innovations and technologies to encourage and encourage the Philippine water sector, businesses and local governments to invest in technologies that help them manage water sustainably,” it added.
Israeli companies presenting water technologies included ARAD Group, Atlantium, Okiana and Watergen. These companies provide state-of-the-art Israeli technology in advanced metering infrastructure, water and wastewater management and treatment solutions, water management solutions, and turnkey projects.