MANILA, Philippines — Manila Water, in partnership with the Department of Education, completed the first round of water trail workshops for public school teachers in the first year of the SALIN Program: Lakbayan para sa mga Guro.
“SALIN – Lakbayan Program for sa mga Guro”, is a reinforcement and extension of Manila Water’s Lakbayan Defense Program. SALIN or “Transfer” is an experiential and educational tour that highlights Manila Water’s sustainability journey showcasing our water trail history, water and wastewater treatment processes along with the Company’s other sustainability programs.
For the first year of SALIN, seventy-three (73) teachers from twenty (20) public elementary schools in the east of Metro Manila took a guided tour and workshop led by Manila Water’s defense and facilities managers at the dam of Angat, Ipo Dam, La Mesa Reservoir and the Olandes Sewage Treatment Plant, to fully present and explain the journey of water, from the raw water source to wastewater treatment. In addition to the tour, they also received informative materials on the topic, which they could use in classroom discussions.
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Through SALIN, Manila Water hopes to accelerate change in the water situation in the Philippines by turning to teachers to spread awareness about responsible water use, the importance of wastewater treatment and sludge disposal for sanitation, sustainability and environmental protection.
“As educators, our teachers have become the main agents of change in society. They have the power to lead transformation among their students, and through them, we hope to instill in young minds the critical need to sustain our water sources so that they last for future generations,” said Jeric Sevilla, Manila Water Corporate Communication. Director of the Subject Group.
Teachers expressed appreciation for participating in SALIN as they gain new knowledge and experiences that they can share with their students.
“I will tell my students the importance of water in our classes, sharing my experience at SALIN,” says Glen Aglinao, instructor at Doña Josefa Marcos Elementary School.
“Now I will be more confident to explain or share with my fellow teachers and students how the water is being processed from the Angat Dam to the pipeline for each family,” shares Karen Ivy Altamira, a teacher at Pura V. Kalaw Primary School.
By 2024, Manila Water is scheduled to expand SALIN to cover more schools in Metro Manila, with a target of 160 teachers participating in the trip. Plans are also underway to extend the program to the various primary and secondary schools in the province of Rizal.