Watershed Conference 2016 of PAWD

Recently, the Philippine Association of Water District (PAWD) organised the Watershed Conference 2016, entitled Effective Watershed Management: Key to Sustainable Water Supply last September 14-15, 2016 at Limketkai Luxe Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City.  The conference provided technical sessions on the Sate of Water and Watersheds in the Philippines, Addressing Issues and Concerns in the Watershed, Approaches to Watershed Management and field visit on the last day.

The Honourable Secretary Regina Paz Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources was the invited https://www.viagrasansordonnancefr.com/viagra-prix/ Keynote Speaker. Invited speakers in the first session were Executive Direct Sevillo David of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB), Senior Deputy Administrator Edgardo de Mayo of the Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), USEC Marlo Mendoza of the Policy and Planning of DENR, Dr. Jorge T. Palma of Metro Naga Water District. For session B, invited guest speakers shared their experiences in addressing issues in the watershed. They were Engr. Jewel Perino, Past President of Philippine Watershed Management Coalition on Basic Watershed Conceps and IPs Roles; AGM Wilesper Lisandro Alqueza of Metro Kidapawan Water District on Collaborating with the IPs in Managing the Watershed; GM Leonardo Rey Vasquez, Zamboanga Water District on Water District Experience in Zamboanga City; GM Anselmo Sang Tian of Butuan Water District on Stakeholders Involvement in Watershed Management; and GM Rachel Beja of Cagayan de Oro Water District on Water District Approach to Watershed Management. The last session the afternoon discussed approaches to watershed management with the following topics: Ecosystem Approach to Watershed Management by Dir. Jessica Salas of Metro Iloilo Water District & Past President of PWMC; Holistic Approach in Watershed Management by Dir. Jorge Palma of Metro Naga Water District; Cost and Impact of Developing a Watershed Area by GM Menlo Siega of Bislig Water District; and Strategies in Funding Watershed Management Projects by GM Vicente Cirilo Iriberri of Cantilan Water District.

The second day of the conference had field visits in two (2) sites: (A) Mahuganao Watershed, a 360-hectare watershed are that Cagayan de Oro Water District, in partnership with DENR-10 is developing and protecting, with an elevation of 300-465 meters above sea level; and, (B) Rio Verde Water Treatment Plant, a bulk water supply facility located in Pualas, Bangor, Bukidnon that partly supplies water by gravity to Cagayan de Oro City.  It has a capacity of 150,000 cu.m./day, the plant utilises Multi Media Filter technology which is requires no addition of chemicals.