NEW AGENCIES | Gov’t eyes two agencies to draft policies, regulate water providers

1 month ago

MARCH 21, 2019 — The government is examining proposals to create two water agencies that will regulate water distributors and draft policies on water resources.

Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles said the first agency will consolidate policies to ensure water will be distributed across sectors, while the second agency will monitor the performance of water providers and ensure transparency of their financial data.

Nograles said the proposals will be reviewed by the Legislative Executive Development Advisory Council to help create a single repository of water data.

“Currently there are 30 agencies involved in water resources management. The agencies present at the meeting recognize that this institutional setup is problematic. For example, there are four agencies involved in resource assessment, four in policy, seven in water supply, four in sanitation, five in water quality management, and six in watershed management,” he said.

Apart from these, Nograles said the department heads also agreed to submit a draft of an executive order to President Rodrigo Duterte to strengthen the National Water Resources Board (NWRB).

The board will coordinate more closely with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to activate deep wells during disasters.

“There are a total of 109 of these wells in NCR, and the NWRB will work with the MWSS to identify which wells can be tapped, and to ensure that water quality in these wells is evaluated and constantly monitored,” Nograles said.