Cross-sectoral partnerships are increasingly seen as a solution to the most pressing social problems facing contemporary societies. We present an exploratory quantitative examination of this argument, using primary and secondary data from 46 UK local government service departments.
Results of the ADB-funded twinning program between Metro Cebu Water District / Philippines (the 'recipient' twin) and City West Water / Australia (the 'expert' twin):
Asian Countries Tackle Problem of Rising Water Demands in Urban Areas – Nine Asian countries under the auspices of Japan have met to discuss ways to meet the ‘explosive’ demands of urban water supplies in their respective areas. After a three-day meeting Jan.
DR. LILIBETH MIRALLES of Visayas State University presents the national scenario and case of the Binahaan watershed occupants in Leyte, ECOSAN and key indicators for benchmarking. In 2002, 80% of the country’s urban population and 61% of rural population had access to sanitary toilets. 25% of the total population depend on defective and poorly maintained septic tanks, while 90% of sewage is not disposed or treated in an environmentally sound manner.
Questionnaire survey being developed by PSIRU, partly based on NWRB’s Water Utilities Questionnaire and IBNET. The water utility profile should also include ownership structure, management model and unions/employees association aside from the name of water utility, basic information and contact address. PART I-III provide key indicators for the performance and quality of water services provided by selected water utilities (public or private). These benchmark indicators also provide the basis for cross-utility and cross-country comparisons, as we
MS BELEN JUAREZ describes NWRB’s benchmarking system and the use of NWRB’s Water Utilities Questionnaire (WUQ) template. Benchmarking is collecting and comparing performance indicators of similar water service providers.
MS BELEN JUAREZ of National Water Resources Board presents NWRB’s 5-year tariff methodology, adopted in 2005, and which aims to help water service providers (WSPs) plan their business and attain full cost recovery.
Benchmarking is often hampered by a lack of available data and information. There is a need to build capacities to collate, integrate and analyze information for effective planning & decision making. Water districts need to come up with a set of technical, financial, social and environmental indicators as bases for performance improvement.
ENGR ARMANDO PAREDES, General Manager of Metro Cebu WD (MCWD), gave examples of PUPs being developed by MCWD with three local government units (LGUs) in Cebu: (a) Danao City; (b) Compostela municipality; and (c) Liloan. Of the three, the MCWD-Danao City PUP was in the most advanced stage of negotiations. LGU officials who operate Danao city’s water system requested for technical assistance from MCWD on how to account for water since many households do not have meters.
DR BUENAVENTURA DARGANTES of Visayas State University (Philippines) suggests key indicators on environmental sustainability by first reviewing: Basic concepts in Water Resources Management; Role of water in human life support; and Issues and concerns in Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM). Key Indicators for IWRM that may be of interest to Water Districts are: (a) Total Actual Renewable Water Resources; (b) Per Capital Actual Renewable Water Resources; (c) Internal Renewable Water Resources; (d) Dependency Ratio; and (e) Access to Improved Water Source
ENGR. PABLITO PALUCA, PAWD’s Technical Committee Chair, gave an overview of PAWD’s benchmarking experience. Benchmarking is an important tool to improve the services of Philippine water districts (WDs) which are classified into 6 categories - Small, Average, Medium, Big, Large, and Very Large.
Benchmarking is a means of collection and comparison of key performance between utilities in a country, region or worldwide. With benchmarking, water utilities can monitor, assess their performance, identify strong and weak points, and develop timely solutions to their problems. Water utilities can develop partnerships and share best practices to improve services. Benchmarking networks include IBNET, OFWAT, ADERASA, and SEAWUN, SAWUN and CASCWUA.
The twinning program between Metro Cebu Water District ( Philippines ) and City West Water ( Australia ) is instructive. The agreed target, i.e., NRW reduction in a pilot District Metered Area (DMA) was achieved – the recipient twin’s NRW was reduced to 12% in January 2009 from 3
“COMPARATIVE MAPPING OF PRODUCTION PROCESSES - Workers’ Knowledge as an Instrument of Union Action” is TIE-Brasil’s publication qualified for discussions in groups at the seminars of workers and union activists. TIE is an international network of workers and union activists. Its goal is to promote information and experience exchange between workers, unionists, groups of workers and similar organizations, promoting debates about union strategy and actions, focusing creation of alternatives that can permit social-economic transformations.
Oct 2008 - Overview of Philippine water supply roadmap to meet goal of providing safe drinking water to every Filipino by RAMON ALIKPALA, Executive Director, National Water Resources Board (NWRB). In the absence of a strong regulatory reform, benchmarking is a very good tool in helping water service providers improve their performance. Through benchmarking, a water provider can evaluate and correct its practices and hence achieve its goals. Benchmarking is an important regulatory tool to measure performance.