Philippines' water and sanitation crisis
More than 3 million people in the Philippines rely on unsafe and unsustainable water sources and 7 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. Water.org 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.
Our impact in the Philippines
With significant water and sanitation needs as well as a strong microfinance sector, the Philippines are an ideal setting for Water.org’s solutions. Together with our partners, we're reaching more people faster, and at a lower cost. We currently work with some of the Philippines’s largest and most respected microfinance institutions, government stakeholders, and international nonprofits.
Since 2014, Water.org has reached more than 6.6 million people with access to water or sanitation through small, affordable loans.
There is significant demand for household connections to existing water infrastructure. Over the next few years, Water.org will partner with utility providers to develop affordable financing options for households to connect to waterlines. We will specifically work with rural utilities to build their capacity through technical assistance and staff training to help them upgrade infrastructure such as water filtration and treatment systems.
Water.org is also partnering with selected sanitation manufacturers in the Philippines to pilot improved and affordable sanitation products. In doing so, Water.org will help ensure that low-income households have affordable, high quality options when it comes to maintaining their toilet for years to come.
Aligning with our global strategy to influence policy and practices that unlock capital for water and sanitation, Water.org will work with sector stakeholders and the Philippines Central Bank to ease restrictions on water and sanitation lending and increase the uptake of our WaterCredit solution.
Where we work in the Philippines
Journey with us and our co-founders to the Philippines where Water.org is working to empower families in need with access to safe water and improved sanitation.
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.Read more
Stories of Impact
Her family's bright future starts with water
Sally is a mom of four young children. While the eldest three are at school, Sally enjoys time with her youngest, mixing play with the housework. Life for Sally’s family wasn’t always like this. Even before becoming a mom, and for several years after, Sally was responsible for finding the water her family needed to survive.Read more
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.Read more
Philippines impact statistics
To help us reach more people in need of safe water and sanitation in the Philippines, donate today.Donate