ILOILO – For the second time, the Ulian Watershed in Lambunao town won the coveted Governor’s Prize on Blue Waters, an award for the most sustainable and well-managed watershed.
The Ulian Watershed proved that it has the most effective council in terms of using the ridge to reef and ecosystem-based approach in implementing the integrated water resource management.
The members of the Ulian Watershed Management Council received the award during a ceremony held in the Conference Hall of Provincial Capitol.
Coming in the second and third place were the Jarao Tangyan Guimbal Watershed and Magapa Suague Watershed in Janiuay, respectively.
The runners up, on the other hand, were the Alibunan-Upper Jalaur, Asisig Lamunan, and Tigum-Aganan Watershed Management Board.
According to the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office, Iloilo has 26 organized watershed management councils.
But only 11 participated in the competition since others were still in the process of completing their State of the Water Report, an annual report detailing the status or situation of their watershed.
Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. launched the Governor’s Prize on Blue Waters on 2o12 as part of his administration’s innovations to ensure good environmental governance.
It became a continuing project under the Iloilo Watershed Management Council to monitor and recognized the efforts of the watershed management councils in fulfilling their mandates.
The project used a collaborative approach and provided awards using nine development parameters.
Through this search, the governor hoped to encourage the sustainable and systematic watershed-based characterization, planning, project implementation and monitoring.#2015News