WEAP is a Philippine registered non-profit, non-stock organization established to provide practicing professionals with the information and tools necessary to address environmental protection in the Philippines These include professional development and enrichment, access to technical information, business contacts, promotion of high technical standards and improved public awareness and understanding of environmental issues.
In 1994, the United States-Asia Environmental Partnership send the first Philippine Delegation to the Annual Weftec Exhibit and Conference held in Chicago. The delegates conceived the idea of establishing a Member Association of the Water Environment Federation (WEF) based in U.S.A. . Hence, WEAP was formed.
On September 21, 1995, WEAP was officially inaugurated with Ms. Marsha Shutty, international program manager of the WEF as the special guest of honor. The chartered members were officially inducted during the inauguration. Engr. Porthos Alma Jose was elected as chartered President.
On September 30, 1996, WEAP was officially registered with the Security Exchange Commission. A General Assembly was held where the first Members of the Board of Officers and Directors were officially elected with Engr. Porthos Alma Jose as president.
As a Member Association of WEF, WEAP is actively involved in the WEFTEC Annual Exhibit & Conference in USA organized by United States Asia-Environmental Partnership and the US Foreign Commercial Service. WEFTEC showcased the different latest technology in the water and wastewater treatment, conducts technical conferences and seminars with the experts. Also, the delegates have the chances of visiting different existing WTP facilities in USA. This activity is supported by US-AEP and the US Foreign Commercial Sevice.
WEF has exciting and diversified products and services to offer to its members: technical publications, training materials, conferences, seminars and expositions, videos and school curriculum products and data bases. For over 60 years, WEF has been providing its members with valuable and timely information which renders business opportunities, employment and professional development for the organization’s members. The combined efforts of WEAP and the international experience of WEF make the information available the best on the market.
WEAP has been offering quality seminars to its members with international and local experts as speakers. It has its own library where the technical books, magazines, videotapes, CD and other materials pertaining to water and wastewater are are donated by WEF. It is also offering WEF books for sale.
Also, in 1997 WEAP joined the Indiana Water Pollution Control Association (IWPCA) in its Technical Exchange Program for training Wastewater Treatment Plant Operators. For the past 4 years, WEAP has send to IWPCA about 15 delegates to IWPCA for extensive training.
In support to the Clean Water Act, WEAP signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Department of Environment & Natural Resources – Environmental Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) for National Capital Region , Region3 and Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) in the training of Pollution Control Officers.
WEAP continuously find ways here and abroad to be updated on “what’s up in the water and wastewater industry?”