Stamps featuring the International Year of Freshwater

The Philippine Postal Corporation will issue a souvenir sheet to raise awareness in better managing and protecting crucial fresh water resources and to publicize the International Year of Freshwater, as declared by the United Nations for the year 2003.

Kind of Issue: Special
Denomination & Quantity: P22.00 – – – – – 12,500
Date of Issue: October 24, 2003
Last Day of Sale: April 24, 2004
Size of Souvenir Sheet: 108mm x 88mm
Perforation: 14
Printing Process: Litho-Offset (4 colors)
Paper: Imported Unwatermarked
Layout Artist: Alfonso V. Divina
Design Coordinators: Jimmy Ang
Design: Lake Buhi in Camarines Sur (slide provided by Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources)

In recognition of the central importance of water resources to the planet’s future, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed the year 2003 as the International Year of Freshwater. Freshwater is a matter of life and death. There are more than one billion people who lack access to a steady supply of clean water. There are 2.4 billion people – more than a third of the world’s population – who do not have access to proper sanitation. More than 2.2 million people, mostly in developing countries, die each year from diseases associated with poor waste and sanitary conditions. 6,000 children die everyday from diseases that can be prevented by improved water and sanitation. And over 250 million people suffer from such diseases every year. Read more.

The Souvenir Sheet and Official First Day Cover will be available starting 24 October 2003 at the Philatelic Service, Dor 203, Liwasang Bonifacio, 1000 Manila and all Regional Offices of the Philippine Postal Corporation.

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