DENR 6 conducts IEC campaign on Water Code of the Philippines

            There is no life on earth without water. Water is the most important substance in the world, a necessity utilized by living things for survival.

            With the impacts of climate change, comes the need to promote water conservation for sustainable use.

            In connection to this, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) 6 through its Licenses, Patents and Deeds Division (LPDD) led by DMO V Hector S. Garrido, conducted an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) campaign on PD 1067, or the Water Code of the Philippines and its Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) to key stakeholders within Region 6 at Casa Real, Provincial Capitol, Iloilo City, recently.

            During the learning event, Garrido underscored the importance of water in people’s life and the environment and how to better care for our water resources. He believes that “educating everybody about water’s, fragility and threat of water’s scarcity are of vital importance.”

            Topics discussed during the event are Water Code of the Philippines and its IRR and Water Permit Application Process.  

            Water Code or Presidential Decree 1067 provides that all water found within, beneath and above Philippine territory belongs to the State. Thus, a water permit should secured for the following uses: domestic, municipal, irrigation, power generation, industrial, fisheries, commercial and other purposes. Anyone, however, can have access to it, according to P.D. 1067, except those who plan to draw large quantities that should then be subject to a water permit from the National Water Resources Board (NWRB).

            The orientation activity is part of a continuing learning event of DENR 6 in raising awareness on the importance of water. Also present during the learning event were Planning and Management Division (PMD) Chief Edna Locsin, officials from DENR Regional Office, LGUs and water users.

            Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. of DENR 6 is calling for the support of LGUs and other stakeholders to conserve water, especially in fighting the adverse effect of El Niño which has prompted LGUs in many areas in the country including Iloilo Province to declare a State of Calamity.

            “Please help us spread the need for each individual to conserve water. We all need to work as one to win the battle against water scarcity,” RED Milla said.

            Protecting and restoring water-related ecosystems such as forests, mountains, wetlands and rivers that are essential to mitigate water scarcity is one of the ten (10) priority programs of DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu./ DENR 6


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DENR Sec wants Panay to be the country's Bamboo Capital

Seeing the potential of Panay Island to grow healthy bamboos, DENR Secretary Roy A. Cimatu proposed the possibility of making Panay Island the as country’s Bamboo Capital.

“We will adopt the latest technology in producing lumber and timber out of bamboo stands. This can usher inclusive development in the island and provide income and livelihood not only to the marginal farmers, and promote Panay as the country’s bamboo capital,” Secretary Cimatu said during the National Convergence Iniative for Sustainable Rural Development held in Iloilo City.

Secretary Cimatu hopes to pursue bamboo plantation in the same way which the National Greening Program (NGP) is being implemented. He saw its potential of mitigating the impacts of climate change. Indeed, bamboo forests serve as carbon sink while producing oxygen as well.

Its environmental benefits include being a natural control for soil erosion, regulate water levels in watersheds, conserve biodiversity and beautify the landscape, to mention a few.

To help this materialize, DENR Region 6 Regional Executive Director Francisco E. Milla, Jr. had conceptualized the following activities as an initial steps in achieving this goal; conduct of regionwide validation for potential sites for Bamboo Plantation; establishment of pilot nurseries for bamboo; conduct capability building, including cross visit to expose the participants on bamboo industries existing plantations; and to identify potential sites for bamboo processing plant for engineered bamboo products.

Anent this, the region will host the 5-day 1st ASEAN Bamboo Congress for Climate Change Adaptation Towards Environmental Sustainability and Economic Resiliency to be held in Iloilo City on August 12 to 16, 2019.

The activity aims to provide a venue for an international forum for the exchange of information and updates among researchers, academe, policy makers, private and public individuals on bamboo and sustainable environmental strategies within the ASEAN region.

Department of Environment and Natural Resources –Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (DENR-ERDB) will spearhead this and will be expecting local, national and international participants.

“This Bamboo Congress is timely for the instruction of Secretary Cimatu to make the Panay Island the Bamboo Capital of the Philippines. This will help the people to further enhance and expand their knowledge on what are the benefits the bamboo will give us aside from being one of the oxygen-givers in this planet,” DENR 6 RED Milla said.

One on Secretary Cimatu’s ten point agenda is the Enhanced National Greening Program (E-NGP) which not only focuses on the greening of the environment, but also to generate livelihood program for those involve and at the same time boosts the country’s economy by means of selling local products.


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