Water is life


Water is Life!

March 13, 2018


The Department of Environment and Natural Resources – National Capital Region (DENR-NCR) organized an Information, Education, and Communication (IEC) orientation about Water Resources Utilization conducted on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 held at the Sulo Riviera Hotel in Quezon City.

Spearheaded by the Water Resources Utilization Section (WRUS) under the Licenses and Patents Division (LPDD), with the assistance of the Human Resources Development Section (HRDS) of the Administrative Division, the orientation was attended by thirty (30) DENR-NCR participants. It intends to impart information about the functions of WRUS and National Water Resources Board (NWRB).

WRUS Chief, Hizel Carmen Velasco highlighted the importance of water, mainly potable water, and the management of water resources. Metro Manila is one of the stressed cities in the Philippines and has a moratorium in the acceptance and processing of Water Permit Applications (WPAs) from groundwater sources due to groundwater contamination and surface water pollution.

Conversely, different environmental organizations and stakeholders maintain their collective and continuous efforts to help the aquifer to regenerate quickly.

Monitoring and Enforcement Division Officer in Charge Higino C. Mangosing, Jr. of the NWRB has even pledged that their agency will not stop organizing clean-up operations until the critical areas of water resources, such as Manilay Bay, are  declared as safe for ‘bathing or swimming’.

Although the functions of WRUS are limited to aquifer, WRUS Chief Hizel Carmen Velasco hoped that this event helped the participants to understand one of the other functions of DENR-NCR.

She also explained that all DENR personnel should be familiarized with the functions and/or operations of all the divisions/sections/units of the DENR aside from being knowledgeable only about their assigned works to be effective and efficient in enacting the mandates of the agency.

Clean water and Manila Bay Clean Up are two (2) of the 10 priority environmental programs of Environmental Secretary Roy A. Cimatu for FY 2018.