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Water bodies meet

BAGUIO CITY – As part of the celebration of June as environment month, representative of water bodies involved in providing usable water to the communities met at the Watershed and Water Resources Research Center (WWRRC) at their Loakan office last week.

Joining Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Regional Executive Director Ralph Pablo, were WWRRC head Helen Maddumba, Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-CAR) Regional Director Fay Apil, Engr. Henry Cacayan of the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) of the Department of Agriculture (DA), and Engr. Bless Baltazar of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB).

Dubbed as "Usapang Tubig," various topics were focused on during the forum, including Presidential Decree 1067 or the water code, water harvesting, permit application for water usage, and challenges for meeting future water needs.

The owning, usage regulation of water wells; water use for irrigation, fisheries, livestock, commercial, industrial and recreation and others were also delved into. For years 2014 to 2017, there were 1,177 water permits for CAR, with 708 for irrigation purposes, 248 for domestic, 45 for industrial, 23 for commercial and the rest for other uses.

For the BSWM with a vision for the nation's food security, soil and water are main resources for vital agricultural researches.

Rainwater harvesting is also seen to solve problems on the scarcity of water during summer. It was explained that rainwater harvesting would save at least 40% of the water which ordinarily would have been absorbed underground.

Success stories for rainwater harvested, used for irrigation brought about a bountiful harvest in an otherwise arid soil were also reported. The success of the endeavor, Engr. Cacayan clarified, depends on a strong, cooperative community.

Cloud seeding for agricultural purposes was also discussed.

As for the Mining and Geosciences Board, Director Apil confirmed that her office works for ground water availability and quality assessment. Documentation on wells and springs, as well as sampling for Cordillera province water sources are being done, she added.

Maddumba said that researches on phytoremediation for Regions 1, 2, 3 and CAR were seem to in 2016 to 2018, while Integrated Pest Management (IPM) of the bark beetle and treatment for the infested Benguet Pine here and in Nueva Vizcaya are being studied

The continuing national greening program for the four regions are ongoing, she said, along with other programs for flooding, hydrological interventions. Multi-sectoral stakeholders participation is essential in all programs, she ended. -juliegfianza

 
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