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"Know your water source" sets tone for Water Awareness Month

Iloilo (19 February) -- "Know your Water Source" is the local theme chosen by the Iloilo Watershed Management Council (IWMC) to set the tone for the observance of Water Awareness Month in March and the World Water Day on March 22.

Iloilo Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Sol Sucaldito said the choice of the theme is also based on the International World Water Day theme for 2010 which is "Water Quality, reflecting its importance alongside quantity of the resource in Watershed Management."

Sucaldito said the IWMC decided not only to focus on water quality but also on water quantity in the light of its scarcity experienced by the province at this time of the drought brought by the El Nino.

The theme also focuses on the quantity and quality of water based on the management of resources through utilization, enhancement and development.

She also said that the celebration of the Water Awareness Month in Iloilo was decreed by Resolution No. 2002-027 dated February 12, 2002.

In a meeting of the Technical Working Group, a series of activities have been lined up, which include a Mobile photo exhibits in tarpaulins around big malls in Iloilo City.

The exhibits will feature thematic presentations on Solid Waste collaborations on water quality, Forest and Ground Water Protection in the Watershed, Water Utilization (effects of over extraction of ground water), Water Enhancement and Development (Agro Forestry, Rainwater catchments) and some Initiatives of the LGUs in Water Protection and Conservation of Water Resources.

The highlight of the activities will be a program on March 22, World Water Day, where the expected guest of honor is Climate Change Commissioner Heherson Alvarez. (PIA6/ESS) [top]

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