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    Water is power, says Philippine official

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Manila will bring together the country’s water and power sectors to raise public awareness on their close link as the nation joins the rest of the world in celebrating World Water Day (WWD) on March 22.
    In a statement released Sunday, DENR Secretary Ramon Paje said this year’s celebration, which has a local theme “Water is Power”, will focus on the growing awareness that saving water may be one of the most effective ways to save energy and vice versa.
    “We wish to highlight the important link between water and power, and how they are highly dependent on each other,” Paje said, noting that producing energy uses water, and providing freshwater uses energy. He said both processes face growing limits and problems.
    In fact, he said, much of our generated power relies on water, while many Filipinos rely on electrical power for domestic water supply.
    Paje said that aside from providing Filipinos access to clean water and electricity, the efficient use of both water and power is also an urgent issue the government is trying to address.
    According to statistics, about 17 million people in the Philippines have no access to safe drinking water and over 15 million still have no access to electricity.
    To mark WWD 2014, the DENR, its attached agencies and partners have prepared a week-long program from March 17-22.
    On March 17, a kick-off event will be held at the Angat Hydroelectric Power Plant in Norzagaray, Bulacan Province.
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