THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) recently conducted an Information Education Campaign (IEC) on the Water Code of the Philippines and its implementing rules and regulations to key stakeholders and water users at Days Hotel Iloilo.
Municipality ENR Officers (MENROs) from Iloilo and Guimaras participated in this workshop which to heighted their awareness on the uses of water and learned about the Water Code of the Philippines.
Based on the Water Code of the Philippines all water belong to the State thus, a water permit should be secured for the following uses: domestic, municipal, irrigation, power generation, industrial, fisheries, livestock raising and others such as recreation, commercial, memorial park, etc.
During the workshop, DENR-6 Assistant Regional Director (ARD) for Management Services Jesse L. Vego announced that their will be an inventory of Local Government’s Water, especially the unregistered deep wells, to be conducted by the assigned Water Resources Utilization Section (WRUS) under the Licenses, Deeds, and Patents Division (LPDD) of the agency.
ARD Vego then encourages the participants to practice the Rainwater Harvesting, to save more domestic water.
“I suggest to start a simple project, the rainwater harvesting. If you could all have this we could save our water for domestic use,” ARD Vego said.
“The task of saving water is not just the task of the agency, this is a nationwide concern,” he added.
Rainwater harvesting is a technique of collection and storage of rainwater into natural reservoirs or tanks, or the infiltration of surface water into subsurface aquifers. One method of rainwater harvesting is rooftop harvesting. With rooftop harvesting, most any surface — tiles, metal sheets, plastics, but not grass or palm leaf — can be used to intercept the flow of rainwater and provide a household with high-quality drinking water and year-round storage. Other uses include water for gardens, livestock, and irrigation, etc.
“Not because we are in a tropical country, people can just rely on the water that surrounds us. I encourage the people to save water and practice this rainwater harvesting. We don’t have that much enough water for our future generations, let us start conserving the water that we have,” DENR-6 Regional Director Jim O. Sampulna.
Earlier this year the DENR Western Visayas, Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) and the National Irrigation Authority (NIA) meet with the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and discussed the policy on water use. (DENR)-6