Ilocos Norte sets sights on long-term water management plan

By Freddie G. Lazaro, PIA, Ilocos Norte

LAOAG CITY, November 24 (PIA) — Ilocos Norte leaders looked at managing the province’s water resources during a provincial water summit on Nov. 27 at the Laoag City auditorium.

Jointly conducted with the Ilocos Norte Water District (INWD), the forum was organized in response to the call of Governor Imee Marcos to better manage the local water resources for the next generation.

Marcos noted that Ilocos Norte has rich agricultural lands and that poor water management system will affect the farming sector.

“If we can manage our water resources, we will surely be the best little province in the country in the future,” she said.
Engineer John Teodoro, INWD general manager, said they have gathered policy makers, farmers, students, academe, private and public organizations to discuss several measures for effective provincial water management and avoid the looming water crisis in the province.

“Ilocos Norte has abundant water resources but we need to reach the goal on how to properly manage them for us to effectively adapt to the challenges of climate change,” Teodoro said.

The water summit was graced by National Irrigation Administrator Florencio Padernal, who was appointed last July 2014 and was tasked to irrigate more than 1.3 million hectares of land in the country.
Other speakers invited to talk about watershed development and management, rainwater harvesting, alternate wet and dry method (AWD) and solid waste management were the representatives from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Mariano Marcos State University (MMSU) and Philippine Rice Research Institute.
“One of the most important topics to be discussed during the summit will be solid waste management since we are all contributors of solid waste in the environment. Most of us do not have the discipline to properly dispose our solid waste thus harming our water resources like rivers,” Teodoro explained.
Aside from instilling public awareness, the summit aims to come up with a workable, comprehensive provincial water management plan.
‘’Governor Marcos wants us to have an output after the summit, a viable solution to prevent water crisis,” he concluded.#