Country background

Settled by Spain (1521), purchased by the USA (1898), then under Japanese occupation (1942), Philippines gained independence in 1946, becoming the Republic of Philippines. In the 1960s, the country benefited from a promising economy, quickly ravaged by Marcos’ dictatorship. In 1986, after a 20 years period of authoritarian regime, People Revolution enabled a return to democracy. Since then, the country’s economy remains weak, despite the efforts of the current government to restore a stable economy, always weakened by natural disasters (typhoons, earthquakes...). In 2014, Philippines counts 100 million inhabitants. The country’s economy is based on service sector (call centers of western companies), agriculture and people working abroad Its growth is 7% but is characterised by a significant social inequality: 26% of the population lives below the poverty line. The country is 114th/187 in the human development index board edited by the United Nations Development Programme.

Local partners

TUBIG PAG-ASA (TPA),"Water for hope", is the Philippines social business created in 2009 by Eau et Vie, to ensure running water distribution in slums, in partnership with local authorities and water distributors. TPA activities meet the Philippines government objectives, targeting, by 2015, to provide running water access to 86.6% of the population and latrine equipments to 83.8% of the population. WATER AND LIFE PHILIPPINES (W&L) is a local NGO, created by Eau et Vie. It is in charge of developing hygiene and environment trainings, fire prevention and enhancing community building through organisations in TPA operating areas. W&L handles the implementation of fire hydrants in the areas, and answers local needs in terms of sanitation and waste management development.



In 2009, TPA built its first water network in Sipac, a slum located in Metro Manila. By mid of-2010, a fire ravaged the area, where 587 families benefited running water. Further to this disaster, these families were relocated in other neighbouring areas. TPA was unable to continue its project. By end 2010, the water distributor and project partner, Maynilad Water Services Inc., offered TPA to launch a new project in Cavite, in South of Metro Manila. Further to the project success, on the following year, TPA signed a partnership with Maynilad counterpart in Cebu (2nd city of the country), Cebu Metropolitan Water District.

On-going projects

Today TPA counts two agencies: one in Cavite, the other one in Cebu. In each of its operation areas, W&L installs fire hydrants and organises dully trained and equipped volunteer fire-fighting brigades. Events are organised with local authorities and organisations in order to enhance community building. Each event gathered few hundred participants. Finally, W&L conduct a review on sanitation and waste management in each of the operation areas.


In 2014, W&L continues providing fire-fighting and hygiene awareness trainings, and develops new waste management activities. TPA continues water network installation in Cavite and Cebu slums, connecting not only households but also schools and health centers. New partnerships are implemented in new identified areas.

Key figures - On-going projects

2 projects in Philippines:

  • Cavite (South of Metro Manila), since 2011, where 1,400 families live (Salcedo II, Manggahan and Pugad Ibon slums)
  • Cebu (2nd largest city in the country), since 2012, where 1,350 families live (Lower Tipolo, Malibu, Paknaan slums)
In total, these projects count 9 900 beneficiaries.

Families with a house connected to drinking water:

  • Cavite: 957
  • Cebu: 847

Public places connected to safe drinking water:

  • 2 schools
  • Everyday, 240 children

People volunteering in fire-fighting brigades:

  • Cavite: 101
  • Cebu: 265

Hygiene and environment awareness:

  • Hygiene promotion sessions
  • Organisation of the "Global Hand-Washing Day"
  • Organisation of the "Neighbourhood Clean-Up Day"


Video reportage

Highlight of the methodology that enables access to water...

Reporting from Cebu

Movie: a few minutes in the Lower Tipolo slum...

Eau et Vie reportage

Fonds Suez Environnement Initiatives highlights Eau et Vie's activities...