EXPANDED SMALL WATER UTILITIES IMPROVEMENT AND FINANCING PROJECT PHASE 2
- MANAGEMENT OF ACCREDITED TECHNICAL SERVICE PROVIDERS
(ATSP: 2013 - 2014)

 

Client: National Water Resources Board; Water and Sanitation Program – World Bank
Funding Source: World Bank
Contract duration: 2013-2014

Areas of Expertise: Governance

Sample Activities: Capability-building

 

EventAtsp2014 2The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) in collaboration with the World Bank-Water and Sanitation Program (WB-WSP) launched in 2011 the Accreditation Program for Technical Service Providers (ATSP) in support for small water utilities to improve their access to expert advice and mentoring on technical, financial and management matters, including strategic and investment planning. Under the program, the NWRB will accredit technical service providers (TSPs) to provide basic services to small water utilities.

The overall goal of the accreditation program is to increase sustained access by Filipinos, especially the poor, to safe water supply. Specifically, it aims to: (a) provide a roster of experts who can be tapped by the different utilities to improve their operations and assist them in their different technical and financial proposals to the NWRB; (b) improve the access of small water utilities to market-based financing; and (c) assist NWRB in its economic regulatory function. The program also includes the establishment of the ATSP Revolving Fund where qualified water utilities may obtain a loan to pay for consulting fees.

The Phase 2 program commenced on June 2013 and will end in the last quarter of 2014. It seeks to increase the roster of ATSPs as well as their regional distribution. Under Phase 2, the program aims to accredit 30 TSPs and assist 45 water utilities. OIDCI was tapped as partner for the logistical requirements of the project – TSP training and water utility workshops, and assistance by ATSPs to water utilities.

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