Manila Water Company announced that it has been engaged by the Philippine Tourism Authority (PTA) to devise, implement and monitor management plans that will improve the operations of the Boracay Water and Sewerage System (BWSS).

Department of Tourism Secretary and concurrent PTA general manager Joseph Ace H. Durano today signed the contract for management services with Manila Water to help address growing environmental concerns particularly on water supply and wastewater treatment in Boracay Island, a popular tourist destination. BWSS operates a water treatment plant in mainland Caticlan and a sewage treatment plant on the island.

“As wastewater disposal and treatment have become a major concern, we would like to further help the government’s programs on environmental protection by doing what we can to help preserve Boracay as one of the country’s major tourist destinations,” said Manila Water president Antonino T. Aquino. “This private-public partnership also provides us the opportunity to support the government’s thrusts in tourism as a major vehicle for economic development.”

Manila Water took over the operations of the East Zone concession of the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System in 1997 as part of the government’s biggest privatization project. It was listed in the Philippine Stock Exchange in 2005. Today, Manila Water provides water and wastewater services to nearly six million people in 23 cities and municipalities of the east zone concession of Metro Manila. It operates and manages the country’s biggest sewage treatment facility in Makati, and the largest and most modern septage treatment facility in Southeast Asia, located in Taguig City. Manila Water also operates and manages a water supply and sewerage project in Tirupur, India.