Taiwan-Philippines Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center

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Taiwan-Philippines Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center
I. Introduction
The Philippines is the closet neighbor country of Taiwan. Due to insufficient infrastructure and not-enough source water protection, many water resources are contaminated and water quality issues are often reported by newspaper and media. The water quality research team at National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Mapua University (Mapua) of Philippines has established long-term collaboration in the past.
In 2016, the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Mapúa University (Mapúa) co-conducted the first-ever in-depth investigation on harmful cyanobacteria and its metabolites for Laguna de Bay, an important water source of Metro Manila. The results confirmed the presence of high concentrations of cyanotoxins, taste and odor compounds and their producing cyanobacteria in Laguna de Bay.
In 2016, the NCKU team was invited and funded by Mapua to conduct the first ever in-depth investigation of harmful cyanobacteria and metabolites for Laguna de Bay, an important water source for Manila Metropolitan Area. The results of this investigation confirmed the presence of high concentrations of cyanotoxins, taste and odor compounds and their producing cyanobacteria in the lake. Later, in a water quality workshop supported by Maynilad Water, one of the two water utilities in Manila Metropolitan Area, and held in April 2017 at NCKU, Laguna Lake Development Authority, the managing authority for Laguna de Bay and Maynilad Water reported more water quality issues in Manila, including manganese, ammonia, turbidity, total dissolved solids, and other operational issues for water treatment plants, substantiating the importance of drinking water quality research in Philippines. In this proposal, we propose to co-establish “Taiwan-Philippines Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center” by NCKU and Mapua.
We have also invited Taiwan Water Corporation, China Ecotek Corporation, and Maynilad Water Service to participate in this project. The tasks to be conducted in this project include training and exchanges of professionals and students, establishment of database for water professionals in Philippines, co-investigate issues of source water quality and drinking water treatment in Philippines, and capacity building of water quality research and engineering in Philippines. Through conducting this project, more academic collaborations and more opportunity of technology transfers and applications for Taiwan water industry teams in Philippines are expected.
II. Highlights
In 2016, the National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) and Mapúa University (Mapúa) co-conducted the first-ever in-depth investigation on harmful cyanobacteria and its metabolites for Laguna de Bay, an important water source of Metro Manila. The results confirmed the presence of high concentrations of cyanotoxins, taste and odor compounds and their producing cyanobacteria in Laguna de Bay. In May 2018, NCKU and Mapúa co-established“Taiwan-Philippines Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center” in Mapúa Intramuros Campus, with support from Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan Water Corporation, China Ecotek Corporation, Maynilad Water, and Laguna Lake Development Authority.
In May 2018, NCKU and Mapúa co-established“Taiwan-Philippines Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center” in Mapúa Intramuros Campus, with support from Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, Taiwan Water Corporation, China Ecotek Corporation, Maynilad Water, and Laguna Lake Development Authority. The missions to be conducted in this project are:
1. Training and exchanges of professionals and students.
2. Co-investigating issues of source water quality and drinking water treatment in the Philippines.
3. Capacity Building of water quality research and engineering in the Philippines.
【2017.12.07】 NCKU enters industry-academe cooperation with Mapúa University and Taiwan Water Corporation
National Cheng Kung University entered in a tripartite agreement with Mapúa University and Taiwan Water Corporation (TWC) for research collaborations on water-related issues, internships, scholarship programs, and joint seminar-workshops. TWC is a state-owned water utility and managed by Taiwan Ministry of Economics supplying water to Taiwan (except Taipei City) and offshore islands. Meanwhile. The agreement was made through the facilitation of the Office of International Linkages for Research and Development (ILRAD) of Mapúa University.
【May 25, 2018】 Co-establishment of the Taiwan-Philippines Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center (TPWRIC) - MOA signing and unveiling ceremony
The Philippines is the closest neighbor country of Taiwan. Due to the lack of water protection, many water resources are contaminated and water quality issues are often reported by newspaper and media. In 2016, the NCKU was invited by Mapúa in a project that was internally funded. This research project is the first-ever in-depth investigation on harmful cyanobacteria and its metabolites for Laguna de Bay, the biggest inland water in the Philippines. The results of this investigation confirmed the presence of high concentrations of cyanotoxins, and taste and odor compounds producing cyanobacteria in the lake. The results were presented to Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (MWSI) that owns a water treatment facility that abstracts water to supply the western part of Metro Manila and to the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), the regulating agency with jurisdiction over Laguna Lake. Currently, MWSI has the only water resource intake in the lake. NCKU and Mapúa then co-established “TPWRIC” in Mapúa Intramuros Campus. NCKU then invited Taiwan Water Corporation, and China Ecotek Corporation, and both NCKU and Mapúa invited MWSI and LLDA to participate in this project. Mapúa and LLDA also intend to invite their friends from Manila Water Company, Inc., the other water utility service company that supplies water to the eastern part of Metro Manila. The tasks to be conducted in this project include training and exchanges of professionals and students, the establishment of a database for water professionals in the Philippines, co-investigate issues of source water quality and drinking water treatment in the Philippines, and capacity building of water quality research and engineering in the Philippines. Through conducting this center, more academic collaborations and more opportunity of technology transfers and applications for Taiwan water industry teams in the Philippines are expected.
【2018.09.25】 TP-WRIC holds mini-workshop on water quality assessment and monitoring, and equipment donation ceremony
September 25, 2018, National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), Mapúa University (Mapúa), and Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology (TMoST) hosted a Mini-Workshop on Water Quality and Equipment Donation Ceremony at the Taiwan-Philippines Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center (TPWRIC). TPWRIC, established in May 2018, was jointly funded by NCKU and Mapúa, and sponsored by TMoST. This year, TPWRIC has hosted two training workshops in Tainan, Taiwan, and Manila, Philippines, with more than 25 researchers, engineers, and chemists being trained for technologies and knowledge relevant to monitoring and treatment of cyanobacteria, cyanotoxins and taste and odor compounds in drinking water systems. To help in building-up analytical capability at the TPWRIC in Mapúa, in today’s ceremony, four Taiwanese companies, Taiwan Water Corporation, Great Engineering Technology Corporation, and Cenpro Environmental Technology Corporation, donate a mobile laboratory trailer, several equipment for sample treatment, and a set of kits for gene analysis, with a total cost of about 2.2 million Pesos. The donation was presented by Dr. Dar-Bin Shieh, Deputy Minister of TMoST, and received by Dr. Reynaldo B. Vea, President, and Chief Executive Officer.
III. Related Links
  1. Taiwan-Philippines Joint Water Quality Research and Innovation Center