Annually, the United Nations observe World Water Day on March 22 to advocate for the sustainable management of water resources and conduct activities that highlight the social, cultural, and environmental importance of water in our livelihood. Every year, the theme for World Water Day emphasizes relevant topics and issues on clean water, sanitation, and hygiene which are in line with the targets of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 (SDG6).
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau 10 joined the nation in celebrating International World Water Day by also observing Philippine Water Week from March 15-19, 2021 to continue spreading knowledge and awareness of any global water-related issues and the various actions that everybody can do to make a difference.
2021 World Water Day Theme is: “Valuing Water” which centers not on the pricing of the water, but its value to different people一what it means to home and family, livelihood, cultural practices, well-being, and the environment.
The value of water is much more than its price because it does not only serve as the lifeblood of the economy but also plays a crucial role in our well-being. Moreover, the water is beneath an extraordinary risk from the growing population, increased demand in industry and agriculture, and worsening climate change.
Therefore, water is very essential not just to human life but also to everything that we do from our households to the food we eat, practices and traditions that we perform and follow, our health, education, economics, and the integrity of our local environment. If any of these values is overlooked because of inadequate understanding of the real value of water, it will negatively impact this irreplaceable resource for everyone’s advantage.