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Former DENR exec urges Ilonggos to make water conservation a way of life

ILOILO CITY, Aug. 27 — A former chief of the Department and Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) urged residents of the city to conserve water.

In a forum entitled "Understanding the Climate Change Projections for Iloilo City and Planning for Urban Water Resilience on Wednesday, former DENR secretary Elisea Gozun said such measure will be of great help in battling the effects of climate change such as flooding and water shortage.

During the forum, Gozun noted the continuous rise of the world's temperature as one of the adverse impacts of the said event. For instance, she said the city's temperature is projected to increse by 1.1 to 2.4 degrees centigrade in 2025 and by 1.5 to 4 degrees centigrade in 2050.

“From January to December, the projection shows that your temperatures are increasing. In terms of water if you have higher temperature then there is more evaporation thus you have to make sure you have enough water supply,” Gozun stressed.

The former DENR chief also cited a study made by The Manila Observatory that was commissioned by USAID regarding the global and regional climate change projection to the city level. This revealed the increased rainfall in 2025 and 2050. The increase is higher though in 2025.

“If you don’t manage your water you will simply have flooding and then during the dry month you will have no water. What does that mean for us? You should be capturing the rainfall and storing to be used during dry months,” Gozun added.

While the projection is made for 30 years, she mentioned that from October this year to January 2016 the expected rainfall is “way below normal.”

“You don’t want to be in a situation when you had no water. Every single water conservation measure must be done,” she underscored.

The climate change projection focusing on rainfall and temperature is one of the studies being conducted in line with the aim of the Be Secure Project to improve water service coverage for domestic use and become climate resilient.

They are also producing a GIS-based climate hazard map to be utilized by the local government unit (LGU) and the water district which is expected to be completed at the end of August.

Moreover, the Geosciences Foundation Inc. was commissioned using the data of the Manila Observatory to conduct a vulnerability assessment of the water of Iloilo City to the impact of climate change.

According to Gozun, the assessment will look into the available ground and surface water, projected water demand as well as the situation of the aquifers in the city.

The result which is expected to be out by the end of September will be very helpful in determining the steps to be done to make the city climate-resilient.

Aside from lloilo City similar study is being conducted in Basilan, Leyte, Maguindanao and Misamis Oriental. (PNA)

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