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United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs Sustainable Development

WASH for all Communities through an Integrated Approach.

Manila Water Foundation (
Non-governmental organization (NGO)

    Manila Water Foundation implements programs on water access, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) through a holistic and participatory approach. MWF, through its program teams ensure that the WASH interventions that it delivers with its valued partners considers the current context of the beneficiary to provide a tailor-fit WASH intervention. MWF’s WASH interventions may be from a broad range of infrastructure, advocacy campaign for health habits and education projects to ensure stakeholder impact.

    In implementing its programs, MWF engages local government units and government institutions to fulfill shared objectives. This is an important step to maximize efforts and resources as well as ensure that the interventions are targeted and sustained. MWF consults with community and institutional experts and follows the Program Design, Monitoring and Evaluation cycle to ensure that the WASH projects are truly responsive and relevant.

    Manila Water Foundation has three program houses. The Integrated WASH program of Manila Water Foundation delivers the full phases of water access and wastewater services in waterless and toilet less households and brings WASH programs to the community level and public spaces. The WASH Interventions program of Manila Water Foundation is a water access and sanitation infrastructure development program. Manila Water Foundation’s new program house, Environment, lends focus to the protection, conservation of natural resources and care for its surrounding communities.

    Expected Impact

    Through thorough technical and social assessments, we can deeply understand the WASH needs of priority communities, allowing us to provide strategic support that can hasten the fulfillment of desired objectives. MWF also employs a screening methodology to determine the readiness and openness of the community to the needed WASH interventions, such as evaluation of tappable water resource, available sanitation services and the practice of proper hygiene habits. The community profiling also involves looking into the health status of the community and in doing so, the WASH intervention can be integrated with local healthcare programs, thereby utilizing available mechanisms that can hasten the fulfillment of the desired WASH objectives.

    By tapping on the expertise of various talents from the Manila Water Enterprise, MWF can provide employees with opportunities to take part in community work, at the same time harness technical knowledge that can be most useful to enable and equip community champions towards value-adding WASH activities.

    As MWF now expands its network and visibility to a wider audience, it aims to attract like-minded organizations that can assemble towards a unified effort and activate shared equity. MWF encourages participation from the respective local government or institution, by resonating established polices and integrating government programs with the SDG 6 targets. This encourages local executives to champion the WASH interventions and summon the community towards a common goal.


    Manila Water Foundation, as the social development arm of the Manila Water Company and its subsidiaries in the Philippines, forms synergies with a wide range of partners from both the private and public sectors. In 2022 alone, MWF was in collaboration with thirty-three (33) Philippine national government agencies including the Philippine Department of Education, Philippine Department of Health, corporations, multinational organizations and corporate foundations.

    Goal 6

    Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

    Goal 6


    By 2030, achieve universal and equitable access to safe and affordable drinking water for all


    Proportion of population using safely managed drinking water services


    By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations


    Proportion of population using (a) safely managed sanitation services and (b) a hand-washing facility with soap and water


    By 2030, improve water quality by reducing pollution, eliminating dumping and minimizing release of hazardous chemicals and materials, halving the proportion of untreated wastewater and substantially increasing recycling and safe reuse globally


    Proportion of domestic and industrial wastewater flows safely treated


    Proportion of bodies of water with good ambient water quality


    By 2030, substantially increase water-use efficiency across all sectors and ensure sustainable withdrawals and supply of freshwater to address water scarcity and substantially reduce the number of people suffering from water scarcity

    Change in water-use efficiency over time


    Level of water stress: freshwater withdrawal as a proportion of available freshwater resources


    By 2030, implement integrated water resources management at all levels, including through transboundary cooperation as appropriate


    Degree of integrated water resources management 


    Proportion of transboundary basin area with an operational arrangement for water cooperation


    By 2020, protect and restore water-related ecosystems, including mountains, forests, wetlands, rivers, aquifers and lakes

    Change in the extent of water-related ecosystems over time


    By 2030, expand international cooperation and capacity-building support to developing countries in water- and sanitation-related activities and programmes, including water harvesting, desalination, water efficiency, wastewater treatment, recycling and reuse technologies

    Amount of water- and sanitation-related official development assistance that is part of a government-coordinated spending plan


    Support and strengthen the participation of local communities in improving water and sanitation management


    Proportion of local administrative units with established and operational policies and procedures for participation of local communities in water and sanitation management

    Name Description
    Construction of water system/s in at least one community per year
    Construction of sanitation facility/ies in at least one community per year
    Construction of hygiene facility/ies in at least one community per year
    Conduct of WASH education session to partner beneficiaries
    Financing (in USD)
    Infrastructure budget for WASH facilities construction (at least $ 90,000 / year)
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Program Teams in implementing WASH interventions
    Staff / Technical expertise
    Technical volunteers – enterprise talents such as engineers, financial modelers, among others, who will provide inputs to technical plans and feasibility studies necessary to complete WASH projects
    In-kind contribution
    resource mobilization through partnerships that can complement WASH interventions, provision of WASH tools and equipment
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    01 March 2018 (start date)
    31 December 2033 (date of completion)
    Manila Water Foundation
    1. Asia and Pacific
    Other beneficiaries

    Manila Water Foundation, being a SEC-registered corporate foundation may implement its WASH programs in any region in the Philippines. Aside from institutions and communities in the National Capital Region, MWF also serves communities beyond its service areas in Luzon, Visayas and in the Mindanao regions.

    Contact Information

    Reginald, Executive Director