Water Governance Dialogue 2017 with PWP, DILG, NWRB, EMB and PWMC

September 15, 2017 by CdoCityEvents

Last September 12, 2017 (Tuesday), the leading advocates of water resource management were gathered along with the stakeholders and local media for Water Governance Dialogue 2017.

Held at the N Hotel, Cagayan de Oro, thoroughly presented and discussed was the urgent need of local engagement and participation in formulating and implementing policies on water use and wastewater management in Mindanao. Themed “Local Development means Local Involvement: The Role of LGUs in Water and Wastewater Management”, the said dialogue was eye-opening and thought-provoking.

The Philippine Water Partnership (PWP) is a non-government organization affiliated with the Global Water Partnership that assists the government and provides a neutral venue for discussions on integrated water resources management. PWP Chairperson and one of the key speakers in the event, Atty. Nathaniel Santos, said:

“Water is life and the availability of water will define the success of our generation and those that come afterwards. On a local level, providing water and wisely managing water resources is a key component to Northern Mindanao’s continued robust growth. In particular, Cagayan de Oro’s success as an emerging metropolitan center and a commercial gateway and logistics hub depends a lot on how it manages its precious water supply for local residents and business, and for increased demands from increased trade and investments coming from outside of Mindanao.”

“In short, this is a role to be fulfilled by the LGUs in the area. Effective local involvement vis-a-vis water resources management is a crucial element in proper local sustainable development.” Santos emphasized.

One of the highlights in the dialogue as well is DILG Chief Project Officer Marisia Naybe stressing the need for exercising devolved powers for local water management under the Local Government Code down to the barangays.

Figures from the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) show that Northern Mindanao’s economy registered a robust growth in 2016 by ending the year with a Gross Regional Domestic Product worth P305 million or equivalent to a 7.6 percent growth, the highest recorded growth in the last 6 years.

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