Manila Water pays tribute to partners in ‘Toka Toka’ advocacy
Ayala-led Manila Water Company Inc. has acknowledged various local government units and national government agencies who have been staunch partners and supporters of its Toka Toka advocacy campaign, the country’s first and only environmental movement focused on wastewater or used water management.
Manila Water President and CEO Ferdinand Dela Cruz said that Toka Toka started out in 2012 as a simple information material for stakeholders to appreciate the need for used water management.
Over the years, Toka Toka has evolved into an environmental advocacy encouraging individuals and entities to do their respective share and contribute to environmental protection.
“The program augurs well with the current efforts to rehabilitate Manila Bay as Manila Water continues to build more used water infrastructure and expand its sewer network to ensure proper treatment of used water prior to discharge to bodies of water,” Manila Water said.
As part of this, Manila Water recently hold an event dubbed as Toka Toka Partners Convergence 2019, which cited three barangays within the East Zone concession area for having the highest desludging or septic tank siphoning availment rate.
The 23 cities and municipalities within the service area of Manila Water, which includes the province of Rizal, were also recognized for their outstanding contributions to the advocacy campaign.
National government agencies who continue to play active roles in promoting the Toka Toka advocacy program were similarly recognized.
Among them are the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Department of Interior and Local Government, Department of Public Works and Highways, Department of Health, Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission, Metro Manila Development Authority and the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System.