Integrated Policy Paper for Pro-Poor Water Supply and Sanitation



The recognition of the human right to water supply and sanitation implies that the state accepts its responsibility to respect, protect and fulfill this right. For about 18 million Filipinos that do not have access to safe water and for the 10 million Filipinos that still defecate in the open, the ability to exercise this right is constrained by the limited ability of national and local government to provide the resources required to satisfy this right.

The policy reforms mentioned in this summary cover a range of concerns including, but not limited to institutional arrangements, revisiting the targeting approach, financing, NG-LGU cost-sharing, economic regulation, incentives and partnership arrangements and others. This paper also highlights recommendations on the policy reforms and changes required in the implementation of these concerns and identifies possible strategies to scale up rural water supply services within the context of the emerging Philippine Water Resources Sector Development Plan and the SALINTUBIG Program.

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