In the Philippines, poor communities pay as much as ten times the cost for vended water compared to upper- and middle-income households with access to a regular water supply. That’s why, in coordination with a network of business organizations and civil society, SDSN Philippines is working towards developing a framework to assess and address the needs of water-poor communities.

Location: Quezon City, Philippines

Hosted by: School of Economics, University of the Philippines


  • Dr. Emmanuel de Dios

    University of the Philippines

The universities have to be configured. Our universities are in the business of educating professionals and the production of individual careers. We are not yet, I fear, in the business of producing solutions.

Dr. Emmanuel de Dios, Chair, Leadership Council, SDSN Philippines

To tackle this issue, SDSN Philippines Leadership Council member Dr. Assunta Cuyegkeng, Director of Ateneo de Manila University’s Institute of Sustainability (AIS), has brought together faculty members from across disciplines to form an Interdisciplinary Technical Working Group on Water. Composed of faculty members from across disciplines including economics, environment, electronics, communications, and engineering departments, the network highlights how integrated water issues require inclusive dialogues.

Coupled with business organisations working to provide water access, such as the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP), Water Alliance Philippines and the Office of the Vice President, SDSN Philippines have already taken significant steps towards defining indicators and methodologies to accelerate water sustainability. A pilot project is already underway in the municipality of Pandi, in the province of Bulacan, just north of Metro Manila.

To further develop the Network’s thematic focus on urban development and develop new solutions, SDSN Philippines is planning an “Ideas Fair” to foster knowledge exchange and outreach among the network member institutions and beyond. Several urban themes will be explored including; green architecture, water sustainability, energy sustainability, sustainable mobility, urban farming, waste management, housing and other urban development concerns.