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Water safety and water security are major challenges for the Philippines. Facing hurricanes and protracted periods of heavy rainfall every year, there is a great need for coastal and flood protection. In addition, clean drinking water and sanitation facilities are essential due to population growth and urbanisation.

Daniël van Dijk
Daniël van Dijk
Programme Manager Partners for Water Programme


The Philippines Government has requested the Netherlands for advice on these and other water related issues, providing opportunities for the Dutch water sector.

The Dutch water sector has successfully been involved in the Philippines for many years now. From 2013 onwards, several Dutch Risk Reduction Team (DRR-Team) missions have taken place at the request of the Philippines Government. The Dutch water sector, with support from the Partners for Water programme, has concentrated on sustainable coastal management, safe urban deltas and improving water quality. The Dutch Government is currently supporting three projects involving Dutch organisations. These projects are: coastal protection; the Manila Bay Sustainable Development Master Plan; and safe drinking water.

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