Water security is a major input to achieving economic growth in the rapidly growing Philippines. While nationally there is an abundance of resources, water scarcity is increasingly felt at the local level. Water quality is an increasingly serious problem, with degraded water quality affecting human and ecosystem health.
USAID’s Water Security for Resilient Economic Growth and Stability (Be Secure) Project in the Philippines, awarded on July 8, 2013, has been a four-year activity that worked to promote good governance and build capacity for long-term water security, improve access to water and wastewater treatment services, and build more resilient communities. Be Secure focused on achieving two intermediate results (IRs):
Be Secure worked at the national level and in six geographic sites, namely the provinces of Iloilo, Leyte, Misamis Oriental, Maguindanao, Basilan, and the city of Zamboanga.