SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union –To mitigate the effects of the El Nino phenomenon, local government units have been ordered to craft laws and adopt guidelines in water conservation in cooperation with the regional directors of the Department of Interior and Local Government.
DILG Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento made the directive following the advisory of of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and
Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) that the El Niño may intensify this first quarter of 2016.
“All local chief executives and members of the Sanggunian (council) are encouraged to cause the immediate enactment of an ordinance establishing guidelines on water conservation. Look into all water cycles stages in formulating policies, from rainfall or other sources to strategic collection, appropriate use, adequate treatment and proper discharge,” Sarmiento said in his memorandum received by Mayor Pablo C. Ortega here yesterday.
Sarmiento cited that with the implementation of the Water Code of the Philippines, it has become necessary for the government to intervene actively in improving the management of water resources and water is vital to national development.
“Increase awareness campaigns and activities within your jurisdictions on the wise and responsible use of water and ensure strong political leverage in the implementation and enforcement of water conservation rules and regulations,” Sarmiento said.
Sarmiento also suggested the creation of Water Conservation Committee to be chaired by local chief executives.
He also ordered all DILG directors and the Office of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao Regional Governor to cause the widest dissemination of said memorandum. Jun Elias/northboundasia.com