ILOILO CITY, May 30 - An official of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources River Basin Control Office (DENR-RBCO) has stressed the importance of an integrated river basin management to ensure protection of environment and people against floods and natural disasters.
Director Vicente Tuddao said the country has 18 major river basins and two are in Panay Island that bring life and livelihood to the people.
Executive Order 816 issued last July 6, 2009 mandated an integrated planning, management, rehabilitation and development of the countrys river basins. The Medium Term Philippine Development Plan (MTDP) includes water resources management and the formulation of a comprehensive development plan for the water resources of the country.
Giving the summit overview during the opening of side events of the First Philippine International River Summit in this city May 30 to June 1, 2012, Tuddao said the integration of various government mandates and resources in the provision of clean and safe water supply and effective flood control management for the entire country is emphasized in the MTDP.
The rehabilitation of watersheds and the establishments of water quality, effective flood control and implementation of effective water management scheme are recommended for sustainable supply and allocation of safe and clean water.
The river summit is participated in by more than 1,000 delegates composed of scientists, environmentalists and advocates with almost 200 foreign delegates from 11 countries across the globe.
On May 31, Cabinet Secretaries Jesse Robredo of the DILG and Ramon Paje of the DENR will be present during the opening ceremonies of the plenary sessions.
Speakers will include industrialist Manuel V. Pangilinan of Metro Pacific Investment Corp. and PLDT, Canadian Urban Institute President Fred Eisenberger and HE Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Bin Mohd Rustam, Chief Minister of Melaka, Malaysia.
President Benigno S. Aquino III will be keynote speaker during the closing day on June 1 after which the delegates are invited to field trips in the mangrove areas in Brgys. Hinactacan and Ingore in La Paz district, the River Esplanade along the Treñas Boulevard and at the heritage sites in the central business district of the city. (PNA) DCT/ajp/LCP/vlo