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City gov’t, NWRB forge groundwater management pact


The city government of Zamboanga and the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) forged on Friday a memorandum of agreement on the project “Development of Groundwater Management Plan for Highly Urbanized Water Constraint Cities of Zamboanga and Surrounding Area.”

The MOA signing held this morning at the Garden Orchid Hotel between Mayor Beng Climaco for the city government of Zamboanga and Dr. Sevillo D. David Jr. for NWRB. Science and Technology Secretary Fortunato T. Dela Peña together with Undersecretary Dr. Renator Solidum and DOST-PCIEERD Deputy Executive Director Engr. Raul Sabularse witnessed the event.

The project is being undertaken by NWRB together with the Ateneo de Manila University and being funded by both NWRB and DOST-Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD).

The project aims to develop a groundwater management plan for Zamboanga City— identified in 1997 as a potential water critical area—that considers future impact of climate change, and provide a framework and decision support tools using science-based methodology to effectively manage groundwater resources.

One of the project’s activities and part of the groundwater management plant is the design and installation of groundwater monitoring wells within the study area.

ADZU President Fr. Karel San Juan expressed elation that the university is made a part of the project saying it is in line with the mission towards a sustainable future through sustainable development. “This work of facilitation and support is made possible because of our strong partnerships in the City, foremost of which is with our very own City Government. The City government, led by our dear Mayor Beng Climaco Salazar, and assisted by her strategic and technical team like Engr. Jojo Sicat, head of the Planning Office, is committed to this process. It has always welcomed any assistance to the City. We are clearly on the same page as far as priority for sustainable development is concerned.

“These technical interventions have become strategic in making our City more sustainable, more secure, more safe and more progressive. Our partnerships do evolve into friendships, friendships that are centered in our common desire to make Zamboanga a better place now and in the future,” Fr. San Juan added. (City Hall/PR)

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