Urios University conducts Local Water Governance Forum
by Mary Christine Anthonette M. Salise
Butuan City (26 November) -- With the theme "Ang Tubig: Kinabuhi ug Kaugmaon sa mga Caraganon," Father Saturnino Urios University in coordination with the Department of the Interior and Local Government and the National Economic and Development Authority, conducted the one and a half day Local Water Governance Forum held at Almont Inland Resort Hotel.
The said forum was participated in by the local chief executives and water stakeholders region-wide. It was aimed at providing an opportunity and platform for stakeholders in the water sector in Region XIII to propose recommendations and commitments on how to accelerate the provision of safe and clean potable water for the caraganons.
In his speech, Atty. Rene K. Burdeos, DILG XIII Regional Director, emphasized the importance of water to the lives of the people. RD Burdeos also cited the contribution and relevance of the MDGF 1919 projects to the attainment of one of the targets in the Millennium Development Goal No. 7 which is reducing by half the proportion of population without sustainable access to safe drinking water and basic sanitation by 2015.
The participants during the forum were tasked to cite water issues in their respective areas and do stakeholder analysis. The forum provided them with the avenue in crafting recommendations and commitments on how to improve the water situation in their areas of jurisdiction.
Mayor Candelario Viola of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, called on the MDGF 1919 team to propose to the present administration the creation of a national government agency tasked to oversee and to regulate water stakeholders and propose water policies to ensure that every Filipino enjoys provision of safe water especially those belonging to the underprivileged sector of the society.
The closing part of the activity was highlighted by the signing and adoption of the Water Governance Declaration. The signing marked the commitment of the LCEs and water stakeholders to give importance to water thus, making it one of the priorities in their list of projects for the betterment of the lives of their constituents.
The forum was sponsored by MDGF 1919: Enhancing Access to and Provision of Water Services with the Active Participation of the Poor, a joint programme of the United Nations, the Government of the Philippines and the Government of Spain designed to provide capacity building components to projects under the President's Priority Program on Water (P3W) to recipient-waterless municipalities. (LGOO II/RIO-Designate) [top]