Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project

Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project

The Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project in the Philippines is a four-year activity that seeks to improve water security to support resilient and stable economic growth in the Philippines. It is being implemented in close coordination with the Government of the Philippines to promote good governance and build capacity in water security, improve access to water services, and build more resilient communities.

Be Secure is implemented in six focal areas: Iloilo City (Iloilo), Cagayan de Oro City (Misamis Oriental), Tuguegarao City (Cagayan), Isabela City (Basilan), Cotabato City (Maguindanao), and Tacloban City (Leyte). At the national level, activities focus on water sector regulatory reform. For regional and local activities, the project works with local government units as lead implementing agencies with a focus on the watershed and river basin scale. Key counterparts include national government agencies, local government units, and service providers (public and private). Be Secure also works in partnership with academic institutions as centers of excellence that can sustain project initiatives.

ACTIVITIES
Increasing sustainable access to water supply and wastewater services. The project facilitates stakeholder dialogues and policy reforms to increase government accountability on services delivery and improve water sector performance. This includes addressing challenges within the entire value chain of water supply service provision, all the way from the source water supplying domestic water systems to the sustainable operations of the services themselves. The focus is on providing new water connections and wastewater services, and strengthening the institutional structure, governance, management, regulation, and operation of water service providers and the government agencies that support them in a way that catalyzes larger financial flows, and ensures the viability of high quality services over time.

Increasing resilience to climate-related water stress and hydrologic extremes. Be Secure also works on strengthening the analysis, communication, and use of water resources and climate data by decision-makers to increase resilience. It also focuses on improving climate change and disaster risk reduction inputs to planning at the city level, and disaster recovery following Typhoon Yolanda in Leyte and other extreme hydrological events. The project is improving understanding of long-term water security issues and options, and mainstreaming of integrated water resources management into water supply and wastewater treatment services, policy, planning and investment. Public awareness and support for sustainable use and consumption of water resources are also being increased.

GOAL
To improve water security to support resilient and stable economic growth in the Philippines

PROJECT OBJECTIVES

  • Strengthen the enabling environment for sustainable service delivery
  • Strengthen the capacity of water supply and wastewater treatment service providers to expand coverage and improve services
  • Mobilize water sector financing
  • Strengthen the collection, analysis and sharing of water and climate data
  • Reduce risks from climate-related disasters
  • Improve capacity for ensuring long-term water security

Contact Information

Dani Newcomb
Water and Adaptation Team Leader
Office of Environment, Energy and Climate Change
U.S. Agency for International Development
Annex 2 Building, U.S. Embassy
1201 Roxas Boulevard 1000
Ermita, Manila
Email: dnewcomb@usaid.gov

Implementing Partner:
Ramon Alikpala
Chief of Party
AECOM International Development
Email: dondi.alikpala@besecure.ph

Last updated: April 28, 2014

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