Iloilo holds 1st Water Summit


ILOILO – Ninety representatives of community-based small water service providers (CBWSP) will gather here for two days to look for long-term solutions to perennial problem of the province – lack of reliable water supply.

The 1St Iloilo Water Summit, which opened today (May 26) in Eon Centennial Hotel, revolved on the theme “Tubig Kabuhi, Amligan, Tipigan para sa Tayoyun nga Kauswagan” (Water is Life, Protect, Conserve for Sustainable Development).

The summit is spearheaded by the Provincial Planning and Development Office in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development Be Secure Project.

Competent speakers like Dr. Jessica Salas will discuss on the status of fresh water resources in Iloilo and Be Secure Project Water Services Coordinator Engr. Rene Capiz on how to build a climate resilient water resources and facilities.

Other topics involved sanitation, water potability and septage, regulations on water use, as well as the province’s health and sanitation profile and the challenges and aspirations for the project.

Engr. Ernesto Saquibal was also invited to share the experiences of CBWSP in Barangay Pal-agon, Pavia, Iloilo.

All of this is part of Governor Arthur Defensor Sr.’s Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Project (RWSP) that aimed at providing safe and adequate water supply to all, especially in secluded or remote communities.

RWSP provides for the construction of Level II and Level III water systems and organization of CBWSPs that are responsible of managing, operating and sustaining the project.

In a report from PPDO, the two-day summit would enable them to strengthen the CBWSPs as a group and to enlighten them of the latest issuances, policies, issues and concern on water as non-renewable resource.

To date, there are 207 communities that are recipients of the project, benefiting 11,000 households, 21 elementary schools, eight high schools, two day care centers, two camping sites, two multipurpose halls and a district hospital in Iloilo.

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