January 13, 2010, marks the official launch of the USAID-Rotary Pasig River Improvement Project in Sta. Ana, Manila on board the Pasig River Ferry. While cruising down the historic river, project partners will sign two Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) to help improve the state of the Pasig River by undertaking wastewater treatment, solid waste management, hygiene promotion and related sanitation activities in Paco and Sta. Ana in Manila. Another component of the project will be implemented in Baesa, Quezon City. The Manila project partners include the USAID Philippine Sanitation Alliance, Rotary International District 3810, City of Manila, and Metro Manila Development Authority.
The Pasig River project is one of five projects in the Philippines supported by the USAID-Rotary International H2O Collaboration, an agreement between Rotary International and USAID to collaborate on water supply and sanitation projects in three developing countries: the Dominican Republic, Ghana and the Philippines. The other four Philippine projects are located in San Fernando, La Union; and Davao, Dipolog, and Zamboanga Cities in Mindanao. USAID and the Rotary Foundation provided a total of US$1.1 million grant funding for the five projects that will benefit 9,500 people with piped water supply and 168,000 people with improved wastewater treatment services. These resources are leveraged further with contributions in cash and in kind by the participating Rotary Clubs and other partners.
The launch will be graced by Acting USAID Mission Director Elzadia Washington; Regional Rotary Foundation Coordinator and Past District Governor Melito Salazar; City of Manila Mayor Alfredo S. Lim; and MMDA General Manager Robert Nacianceno. At the helm will be RI District 3810 Governor, Concepcion N. Beltran.
Contract signings will take place between RI District 3810 and two NGOs, Lola Grande Foundation for Women and Children, Inc., and Solid Waste Management Association of the Philippines, to implement the various components of the project. A joint Statement of Commitment to cooperate will be made by representatives of Sta. Ana Barangays 873, 876, 879, 884, 885 and 889, PLAN International Philippines, Public Market Vendors’ Associations, Church of our Lady of the Abandoned, and schools in Sta. Ana and Paco.
The event will be concluded by the Awarding of a Certificate of Appreciation to the Pasig River Rehabilitation Commission.
For more information, contact Cynthia Evangelista of RI District 3810 at 522-5567.