Philippines' water and sanitation crisis

Out of 105 million people living in the Philippines, nearly seven million rely on unsafe and unsustainable water sources and 24 million lack access to improved sanitation. Despite its growing economy, the Philippines faces significant challenges in terms of water and sanitation access. The country is rapidly urbanizing, and its growing cities struggle to provide new residents with adequate water and sanitation services.

In 2010, the government of the Philippines developed a road map to achieve universal water and sanitation services coverage by 2028. is working to support this goal.

In the Philippines and around the world, people are navigating the COVID-19 pandemic, and millions are striving to endure this crisis with an added challenge. They lack access to life’s most critical resource – water. Now more than ever access to safe water is critical to the health of families in the Philippines.

4.1 M 4.1 million people reached
952 K 952,000 water and sanitation loans disbursed by our partners
36 36 partners
  • Stories of Impact


    Elma’s courage gave her the strength to choose smiles over tears, to choose love over pain, and to champion safe water for her family, even when the battle seemed impossible.

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    Elma in the Philippines
  • Stories of Impact

    The cost of Leneriza's water, then and now

    The people with the least access to safe water are spending the most to get it. People like Leneriza.

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    Leneriza Story

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