On 17 February 2022, the MWSS Regulatory Office (RO) participated in the online program, “#ChatUp!: Real Talk, Real Impact” (“Water Unites Us” episode), which aimed to “promote nationwide development and inclusivity of women, LGBTQ+, and other marginalized sectors.”

MWSS RO Deputy Administrator (DA) for Administration and Legal Affairs and Gender and Development Committee Chairperson Atty. Claudine B. Orocio-Isorena served as guest speaker in the said event, alongside Waves for Water PH Country Director Jenica Dizon and Roots of Health Executive Director Amina Evangelista Swanepoel.

In her discussion, DA Orocio-Isorena emphasized the intersectionality of the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goal 5: “Gender equality” and Goal 6: “Clean water and sanitation for all,” stating that simple ways of conserving water and sharing the responsibility of water management in the household promote women empowerment. Ensuring equitable access to clean water and sanitation is necessary for achieving gender equality.

DA Orocio-Isorena also highlighted the importance of women leadership, especially in the water sector, in closing the gender gap. She shared how the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System – Corporate Office (MWSS CO) and MWSS RO encourage women representation in leadership roles, citing current MWSS CO Administrator Leonor C. Cleofas as the first female Administrator of the agency since its creation, and MWSS RO DA Evelyn B. Agustin as the current Regulator leading the Technical Regulation Area of the agency.

Empower Her. Conserve Water.


The “#ChatUp!: Real Talk, Real Impact” show is an initiative of the U.S. Embassy in the Philippines, in partnership with Quarantalk Media.

Watch the “Water Unites Us” episode here:




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