Marikina City is now officially a partner of Manila Water’s Toka Toka program, the first and only environmental movement in the country focused on used water management.
In the recently-concluded partnership signing with the city government, Manila Water President and CEO Gerardo C. Ablaza, Jr. underscores the importance of undertaking environmental initiatives are critical in sustaining the water resources for the next generation of Filipinos.
“It is therefore a commitment of Manila Water to help each other and share our stake in protecting our river system. We have strongly believed that forging partnerships with local government advocates is critical in implementing efforts to protect and revive our dying rivers in the metropolis,” Ablaza added.
For his part, Marikina Vice Mayor Jose Fabian Cadiz said Manila Water has always been a strong partner in environmental protection through various programs and activities particularly in the provision of clean, safe and potable water.
“While we are not Toka Toka’s first partner, we believe that we will be your strongest partner for this advocacy, “the vice mayor added.
Cadiz said Manila Water’s environmental advocacies also hewed closely to the city government’s aim to make Marikina City the cleanest and most beautiful local government unit in Metro Manila.
“Toka Toka” is Manila Water’s advocacy focused on educating the general public on used water management. It zeroes in one simple act that each individual can claim as his own share towards the ultimate goal of ensuring cleaner and safer rivers in Metro Manila notably the three river systems of Marikina, Pasig and San Juan Rivers.
The four simple acts that each individual can claim as his own “toka” include proper disposal of garbage, desludging of septic tanks, connecting to Manila Water’s sewer network and supporting the company’s community-based sanitation and used water projects.
Manila Water is the East Zone concessionaire of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System that provides water and used water services to more than 6.2 million residents of parts of Quezon City and Manila, Marikina, Pasig, San Juan, Mandaluyong, Pateros, Makati, Taguig and several towns in Rizal Province.
Re-posted from www.manilawater.com