Water distribution efficiency is one critical component of MWSS’ water security program, thus, the Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project (AWTIP) has been conceived and implemented in 2016. The project is funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and they have been conducting review missions for the project.
In the recent ADB Midterm Review Mission, the need to strengthen the systems and procedures in the implementation of social and environmental safeguards and to allocate adequate resources for the implementation of safeguard policies has been raised. Thus, a two-day Safeguard Policy Training was conducted by ADB on 30 September to 1 October 2019.
The training aimed to enable the project management staff in mainstreaming social safeguards to prevent and mitigate undue harm to affected stakeholders.
Though AWTIP is already 94% complete, and with no significant complaints or grievances from affected persons, the value of consultation meetings and workshops to address social issues and environmental impacts arising out of AWTIP construction, and project monitoring activities remain the cornerstone of project success.
The first day of discussion was about the SR on Involuntary Resettlement and on Indigenous People (IP). These were mostly about relocation of the affected IPs and other people and the process of lot acquisitions.
On the second day, the topic was about the SR on Environment, these constitute the social and environmental safeguards; safeguard documentation for supervision, planning and conducting safeguard supervision mission; public consultation; disclosure, climate risk screening and grievance redress mechanisms.