“For the Philippines, the environment and natural resources sector plays a critical role in the country’s development. The protection and preservation of the ecological balance is a complex challenge that interacts with many other determinants of national security and people’s wellbeing. While our archipelagic country is surrounded by water and blessed with abundant water resources, we continue to face challenges on universal access to water supply, sewerage and sanitation, water pollution, water-related disasters, climate change, urbanization and desertification.”

Country statement at the General Assembly on World Water Day, during the High Level Event for the Formal Launch of the International Decade for Action: “Water for Sustainable Development 2018-2028.
UN Headquarters, New York, 22 March 2018