Who We Are
The Maynilad Water Academy is a world-class capacity-building and learning hub devoted to uplifting the quality of water and sanitation professionals in the Philippines and in Asia. With access to a vast pool of experts in various technical and non-technical aspects of the water and sanitation industry, MWA provides different classroom and hands-on training courses that aim to improve the way water districts and water operators serve their customers.
Through structured benchmarking programs, forums and seminars, MWA also paves the way for the development and deployment of new water technologies.
Engr. Rodora N. Gamboa is a former General Manager of Davao City Water District, Network Officer of the Philippine Capacity Building Network, adviser/past president of Philippine Watershed Management Coalition, adviser/past chair of Philippine Water Partnership, technical consultant of Philippine Association of Water Districts and current AguaJaring Chairman. Her 30 years of experience in the water industry were in the fields of IT, corporate planning, HR and general management. Ms. Gamboa is a Chemical Engineer with a Master in Environmental Planning. She has been with Maynilad Water Academy since its inception more than half a decade.
The icon for the Maynilad Water Academy’s Logo is an abstract visualization of the letters M, W, and A. The icon flows like a water wave, and is also an approximation of the yin-yang symbol, which connotes balance and life. The colors used are varied shades of blue and green, which represent the organization’s focus on water, sanitation, and environment.
“..through the Academy’s work, Maynilad gets to impart its technical knowhow here and abroad, ultimately enabling it to uplift the lives of people not only in terms of water delivery but also in water resource conservation.”
MWA in Numbers
Basic Water Courses and Wastewater Management Courses were rolled out for Maynilad Employees.
A Master Class on Non-Revenue Water Management was held in partnership with ADB and Water Links. This is MWA’s first external and international training program.
MWA started a twinning program with Nepal. It helped the Department of Supply and Sewerage improve its water and sanitation services through training, benchmarking, and pilot testing.
The Water Utilities HR Conference was conducted in partnership with the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD). Presented in this event was the Water Utility HR Needs Study conducted by the Academy and PAWD.
An international seminar on Water Safety Plan was conducted by the Academy in partnership with the International Water Association (IWA), Capacity Building Network (CapNet), PhilCapNet and with the support of the World Health Organization and Department of Health.
The Annual PAWD Convention integrated HR Sessions in its event as a result of the recommendations forwarded by MWA and PAWD in its Water Utility HR Needs Study.
The MWA Outreach Training was implemented in partnership with the Philippine Business for Social Progress (PBSP). MWA gave technical assistance to water utility companies affected by Typhoon Yolanda.
The Water Technology Summit introduced technologies addressing concerns of local water districts. The Summit was held with the support of Metro Pacific Water Investments Corp (MWIC).
MWA was conferred the Water Links Award from Spain in recognition of its significant contribution to improving access to water services.
The Watershed Conference 2016 challenged stakeholders to embark on watershed management to ensure water sustainability. It’s a two-day conference held in partnership with PAWD.
MWA won the Global CSR Award from Indonesia for its twinning partnership with Nepal on NRW management.
MWA piloted its first Junior Water Camp and Teachers Camp. This is in partnership with Philippine Science High School (PSHS).
MWA receives the Gold Award for “Excellence in Provision of Literacy and Education” during the 9th Annual Global CSR Summit & Awards held in Malaysia.
MWA Executive Director, Engr. Rodora N. Gamboa, becomes the new AguaJaring Chairman.
MWA held the first National Teachers’ Water Camp with Philippine Science High School System.
MWA was tapped by ADB to train representatives from Dhaka, Bangladesh, and officials from the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of Pakistan.
MWA launched its Ugnayang Tubig at Kasaysayan (UTAK) for students which aims to teach about the importance of knowing historical events link to different waterways in Manila and how students can help in preserving and conserving these waterways for the next generation.
In partnership with Philippine Association of Water Districts, Bacolod City Water District, PhilCap-Net, Philippine Water Partnership, and DepEd, MWA had its first water teaching demonstration workshop for teachers from selected public schools in Bacolod.