MANILA, Philippines – Manila Water, in partnership with the Department of Education, has concluded the first part of the waterways workshop for public school teachers in the first year of the SALIN program: Lakbayan para sa mga Guro.
“SALIN – Lakbayan for sa mga Guro Program” is a strengthening and extension of Manila Water’s Lakbayan Advocacy Program. SALIN, or “Transfer,” is an experiential and educational tour that highlights Manila Water’s sustainability journey by highlighting the history of our waterways, water and wastewater treatment processes, and the company’s other sustainability programs.
In the first year of SALIN’s operation, seventy-three (73) teachers from twenty (20) public elementary schools in the eastern zone of Metro Manila participated in a guided tour and workshop conducted by Manila Water’s Advocacy and Facility Managers at Angat Dam in Ipo Dam, La Mesa Reservoir and the Olandes Wastewater Treatment Plant to fully present and explain the waterway, from the raw water source to the wastewater treatment. In addition to the trip, they also received information and educational materials on this topic, which they can use during class discussions.
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Through the SALIN program, Manila Water hopes to accelerate water change in the Philippines by engaging educators to spread awareness about responsible water use, the importance of wastewater treatment and sludge removal for sanitation, sustainability and environmental protection.
“As educators, our teachers have become major agents of change in society. They have the power to lead change among their students, and through them we hope to instill in the minds of young people the critical need to maintain our water sources to serve future generations,” says Jeric Sevilla, Manila Water Corporate Communication Group Director of Affairs.
Teachers expressed gratitude for participating in the SALIN program because they gain new knowledge and experiences that they can share with their students.
“In our classes, I will talk to my students about the importance of water, sharing my experience at SALIN,” says Glen Aglinao, an instructor at Doña Josefa Marcos Elementary School.
“I will now be more confident in explaining or sharing to my co-teachers and students how water is processed from the Angat Dam into a pipeline to each household,” says Karen Ivy Altamira, a teacher at Pura V. Kalaw Elementary School.
In 2024, Manila Water plans to expand the SALIN program to cover more schools in Metro Manila, and 160 teachers are expected to participate in the trip. There are also plans to expand the program to various primary and secondary schools in Rizal Province.