In celebration of its 140th anniversary, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) officially launched its landmark coffee table book titled “From Carriedo to Balara Celebrating 140 Years of MWSS and Ensuring Water Security” on February 14, 2018 at the new world-class MWSS Multi-Purpose Hall with former President Fidel V. Ramos and DPWH Secretary Mark Villar as guests.
“This landmark book comes as a fitting gift and legacy for those who have served and worked in this institution and the Philippine water supply industry,” said MWSS Administrator General Reynaldo V. Velasco. “I feel, as never before, how justly, from the dawn of the water agency’s colorful history to the present time, men have paid the homage of their gratitude and admiration to the memory of those who nobly served the metropolitan water agency, so that people living in Metro Manila and the nearby provinces will have access to efficient water system and safe and potable water.”
The comprehensive landmark coffee table book published by Media Touchstone Ventures Inc. is authored by Melandrew T. Velasco, more popularly known as the family biographer of FVR. The MWSS commemorative book is Velasco’s 26th authored and published books. A native of Dagupan City, he is an alumnus of the College of Mass Communications in University of the Philippines, Diliman and Mary of Help of Christians Seminary in Binmaley, Pangasinan.
The MWSS commemorative book presents how Filipinos who lived before the Spanish era, and during the American and Japanese periods, were able to obtain their water for drinking and commercial purposes. From the Carriedo Water works System, the first water system in the country built in 1882 emerged the Montalban system, the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), the National Waterworks and Sewerage Authority (NAWASA) and finally, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) in June 1972.
The book also details the journey of the successful privatization of MWSS. Through the Public-Private partnership (PPP) initiated by former President Fidel V. Ramos in 1997, the water system has given birth to three concessionaires, namely, Manila Water Company, Maynilad Water Services and Luzon Clean Water Development Corporation.
The book also presents the various programs and projects for the water system in Metro Manila and adjoining provinces, particularly on the Duterte administration’s overall water security and safety and the country’s preparedness in dealing with major calamities such as earthquakes and typhoons. The book also features the MWSS Annual Million Tree Challenge aimed at planting one million trees every year in the next five years to protect six major watersheds – Umiray, Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, Marikina Watershed, and Laguna Lake – that serve as major sources of potable water for Metro Manila.