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Iloilo initiates rainwater harvesting plan to mitigate climate variability

by ES Subong

Iloilo City (6 February) -- The Tigum-Aganan Watershed Management Board (TAWMB), has put in place the plan for the implementation of the Rainwater Harvesting Technology which aims to mitigate impact of climate variability in the watershed area.

TAWMB Chair Jessica Salas said the project has already taken off with almost all target municipalities complying with the requirements, which include construction of 10 Small Farm Reservoirs (SFRs), ponds, one rainwater tank in Alimodian, 10 SFRs, 2 ponds and one tank in Oton and six domestic tanks and one communal public tank in a public school in Pavia.

The construction of these is supported by the local government units concerned, national government agencies, particularly the Department of Public works and highways, as well as through the legislators' countryside development funds.

For calendar year 2008, the project has broken down its annual plan according to responsible areas, that of the local government units, that of the National government agencies and the non-government organizations and of the Maasin Watershed.

The local government units are primarily responsible for formulating provincial and municipal/city ordinances for construction of Rainwater Catchment structure as requirement for issuance of building permit, establishment of SFRs and small water impounding projects, and conducting consistent information and education activities to keep their publics informed and enjoin their participation in tree-planting and other related activities.

The NGAs and the NGOs are expected to undertake advocacy, gather and prepare baseline on rainfall and socio-economic profile, lobbying for access of funds, necessary support and for the formulation of policies and ordinances to project and conduct of capability building.

The plan shows that most of the activities which are targeted for the Maasin Watershed consist of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities, linkaging and formulation of relevant ordinances. (PIA 6) [top]

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