By: Merlito G. Edale, Jr. and Mark Djeron C. Tumabao
CITY OF ILAGAN, Isabela, Feb. 16 (PIA) — Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato Dela Peña recently cited the importance of water management and its sustainability for both in agriculture and human life.
“Water is an important element to cities and human settlements that are sustainable, liveable, and safe”, said Dela Peña during the International Training-Workshop on Integrated Water Resource Management in River Basins for Sustainable Development.
The Secretary said one of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) projects in water management is capacitating state universities through Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) technology in producing hazard maps for river basins as well as maps for landslide prone areas.
The DOST, he added, is also a partner of the Magat Dam in its water management initiatives such as assessment of its lifeline structure using concrete petrography and automated real-time monitoring system to ensure the integrity of the dam.
For their part, foreign partners shared good practices and experiences in disaster risk management in the three-day international workshop.
Dr. Eva Abal, chief executive officer of the International River Foundation, said they collaborated with Oceana Gold to help them in their commitment to restore rivers in the country.
She also said IRF will work with PAG-ASA and other SUCs to establish real-time info on river behavior.
“Water restoration is for the future generation”, she said.
Meanwhile, Engr. Sancho Mabborang and Isabela State University President Ricmar Aquino assured continued support and collaboration with stakeholders for the proper management of water resources in their respective jurisdictions.
Dela Pena has urged the participants of the training – workshop who came from various government agencies and private sectors including the foreign partners to utilize various researches in relation to water management. (MDCT/MGE/With reports from DOST Region 2/PIA 2-/Isabela)