Laguna Water’s TSEK ng Bayan Wins at the 53rd Anvil Awards

In-photo: Laguna Water General Manager and COO Shoebe Hazel Caong (3rd from Left) and Finance Head Rolando Sumallo Jr. (4th from left) with (L-R) Comunications and Branding Specialist Dustin Ibanez, Used Water Operations Manager Nariyah Ilagan, Stakeholder Relations Manager Dianne Cunanan, and Territory Manager Mitchelle Catindig

Commended for continuously raising public awareness about the importance of adequate sanitation, Laguna Water's Tamang Sanitasyon Equals Kalusugan, Kalinisan, at Kaunlaran ng Bayan (TSEK ng Bayan) received a Silver Anvil Award at the 53rd Anvil Awards Gabi ng Parangal held at Shangri-La at The Fort, Taguig City.

Launched in March 2017, TSEK ng Bayan is an advocacy campaign that educates people about sanitation, particularly on the need for proper wastewater (used water) treatment. The campaign highlights how untreated used water contributes to the contamination of natural water resources, which leads to various health problems and environmental concerns.

Laguna Water brings the campaign to different barangays, municipalities, and cities in Laguna to encourage communities to practice desludging of septic tanks at least every five years or to connect to a sewer network. This is to ensure that used water will be properly treated before it is discharged to a natural body of water.

The leading water and used water services provider in Laguna has also forged a partnership with the Department of the Interior and Local Government- CALABARZON. This helped the campaign to be conducted in 10 cities and municipalities in the Province and to reach various local government units. To date, more 3,000 Lagunenses have already participated in the TSEK ng Bayan program.

Receiving the Anvil Award were Manila Water Operations Chief Operating Officer Geodino Carpio, Manila Water Philippine Ventures President and CEO Virgilio Rivera, Corporate Operations Group Director Thomas Mattison, Corporate Projects Management Group Director Maidy Lynne Quinto, Corporate Strategic Affairs Group and Corporate Communications Department Head Jeric Sevilla, Laguna Water General Manager and COO Shoebe Hazel Caong, and Laguna Water Finance Head Rolando Sumallo, Jr., along with other representatives from the company.

"As we are about to launch our desludging service this year, we will be conducting more TSEK ng Bayan to bridge the existing gap between knowledge and practice of proper sanitation, especially towards used water management," said General Manager and COO Shoebe Hazel Caong.

Presented by the Public Relations Society of the Philippines (PRSP), the 53rd Anvil Awards received a total of 450 submissions nationwide, the highest number of entries in the history of PRSP. The Anvil Award is given to select public relations tools and programs that showcased exemplary performance in the field.

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