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PIA Press Release
2010/02/03

Start conserving, recycling water to beat El Niņo, says DENR

by Venus G. Villanueva

Kalibo, Aklan (3 February) -- Aklanons must start conserving and recycling water now before El Niņo sets in the province.

Although said to be moderately affected by the weather phenomenon unlike neighboring Capiz province and Negros Occidental, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) here, headed by PENRO Antonio Luis, bared efforts to save water should be practiced now by the Aklanons.

"Water used to rinse clothes could still be used for washing vehicles, and for flushing the toilet", said Derlito Rico, DENR-Aklan's Chief of Forest Management Sector in a radio interview here.

Rico said farmers should also select plant species that require little amount of water.

Presently, DENR-Aklan is nurturing Aklan's watershed areas with the help of local government units and stakeholders to protect major river systems like the Aklan River, Timbaban, Dumalaylay, Nabaoy in Napaan, Malay which supplies water to Boracay Ssland, Tangalan River, Ibajay, Panakuyan and Makato River.

To protect the river systems, Rico said watersheds must have reinforced vegetation and reforestation to sustain water.

Watersheds and other forest areas here are also monitored by Bantay-Gubat personnel to prevent lumber poaching and indiscriminate felling of forest trees for charcoal.

The use of charcoal for cooking is widely practiced here due to the high price of liquefied petroleum gas.

This practice is being countered now by the DENR through massive information dissemination to prevent destruction of watershed areas that could further aggravate the effects of El Niņo. (PIA) [top]

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