PCSD tackles status of water resources in the Philippines
The Philippine Council for Sustainable Development (PCSD) 1st Quarter Meeting in 2015 chaired by NEDA Deputy Director-General Margarita R. Songco, tackled the status of the country’s water resources through assessment reports and studies from the government agencies and academe.
National Water Resources Board’s Policy and Program Division Chief Engineer Isidra Penaranda presented the state of the water resources in the country. She discussed the diminishing and deteriorating water quantity and quality due to the indiscriminate land use and development and lack of regulation in the use and disposal of solid wastes, pollutants and hazardous wastes.
Meanwhile, University of the Philippines Los Baños Professor Marlo D. Mendoza presented their findings on the level of contamination of heavy metals in the Marilao-Meycauayan-Obando River System. Since 2005, the level of heavy metals pollution in the area is higher than the acceptable amount, which can affect the public health in the long run, he said.
Economic Planning Secretary and NEDA Director-General Arsenio M. Balisacan said the country is blessed with water resources but lacks the ability to utilize these resources. He added that putting up small water impounding systems for small farms should be considered.
The PCSD members agreed to make proposals to help manage the water industry, as well as create a task force that will deal with contamination. They also discussed the need to increase water services in indigenous areas, citing that access to water is primarily a human right.
by: NEDA DIS