PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte has called for a “bolder vision” and “urgent action” to solve water-related issues in the Asia-Pacific region, saying developing countries like the Philippines still face challenges to ensure people’s universal access to safe, affordable and accessible water.
In a video message during the heads of states and government meeting at the 4th Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Kumamoto City on Saturday, Duterte said countries in Asia-Pacific and its partners must forge “a strong alliance” to address water woes in the region.
“Excellencies, now is the time for bolder vision and urgent action. We need to decide wisely for ourselves and for future generations,” Duterte said.
Citing the Philippines’ case, he said there remains an “enormous challenge” to ensure enough supply of drinking water despite the abundance of water in the country. Philippine News Agency