Water is life. In observance to the World Water Day (WWD) on March 22, 2017, the Jalaur River Multi-Purpose Project Stage II (JRMP II) joined the annual celebration together with other agencies, Local Government Units and private sectors.
This year’s theme, “Water and Wastewater,” is focused on the sustainable development of water bodies. Moreover, it is a call to every individual and the community to reduce and recycle wastewater.
As per World Bank, there are nearly 1.6 billion people living in countries with water scarcity. People have to be aware of the interventions to alleviate its effect since it is projected to double in two decades.
The coordination of the government, private sectors and the community in saving water will not only benefit people of today but also the future generations. Moreover, proper treatmentof wastewater will control environmental pollution.
Regional Manager and JRMP II Concurrent Project Manager Gerardo P. Corsiga on his speech highlighted that in order to improve farming, water should be distributed directly to the consumer in a modern way.
Director Corsiga added that water is significant and people have to modernize its utilization. That way, farming and irrigation can be improved.
He said that NIA is trying its best to produce sufficient water needed by the beneficiaries and at the same time harnessing farmer’s
skills to produce better harvest.
“In adapting a reservoir dam, we will harness the usage of water for power,
irrigation and industrial use,” Corsiga disclosed.
NIA’s projects especially the implementation of Iloilo’s biggest irrigation system is aimed to utilize the water of the Jalaur River for multi-purpose development. Its 6.6 megawatthydroelectric power, eco-tourism, flood mitigation, and, domestic and industrial water supply are supplements to its irrigation purpose.
Meanwhile, Engineer Corsiga together with Attorney Arturo Cangrejo, OIC of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (PENRO) and Engineer Jose Serafin “Jay” Tecson, Sanitation Team Leader of USAID-Be Secure Project, were the guests of honor of the said activity.
The WWD was first observed in 1993 when the United Nations declared March 22 as World Day for Water. Since then, government and
private institutions of Iloilo have been coordinating for its annual observance. This is to remind every Ilonggo the great significance of water in people’s daily lives.
As they say, let us act now, not tomorrow but today. /JP (NERIDEL M. GENILO)