THE Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is pushing for a water-crisis-free 2020.
And to help avert possible water problems, Secretary Eduardo Ano this early urged all local government units (LGUs) to fast track the processing of necessary permits for water-related projects and expedite their completion to improve water security.
At the same time, Ano encouraged the public to take part in their respective community’s initiatives to effectively manage water consumption.
“Magsilbing paalala sa atin lahat na hindi lamang nakasalalay sa gobyerno ang seguridad ng supply ng tubig. Responsibilidad ng bawat isa sa atin ang magtipid sa paggamit ng tubig,” he said.
In Memorandum Circular No. 2019-207, Año also called on provincial governors, city and municipal mayors to make the necessary preparations and extend support to start the water-related projects in their localities such as human resources, access roads to location, and availability of materials.
“Malaking perhuwisyo para sa ating mga kababayan kapag kulang o walang tubig. Kaya inaatasan ko ang ating mga LGUs na paspasan ang pagpoproseso ng mga kinakailangang permit para sa mga water projects upang maiwasan ang kakulangan sa tubig,” the DILG chief said.
Under Section 17 of the Local Government Code, LGUs are mandated to exercise necessary and appropriate powers and discharge functions for the efficient and effective provision of basic services and facilities.
In March last year, Metro Manila residents experienced the worst water crisis for the past several years as around 52,000 households in the east zone of the metropolis alone had to endure long lines to fetch water from firetrucks and water tanks.
“Kung hindi tayo kikilos ngayon, lalala pa ang problema natin sa tubig at tayo lang din ang mahihirapan sa bandang huli,” Ano said.
The DILG has been a constant advocate and stakeholder for water conservation especially amid the challenges that Metro Manila faced earlier this year.
Moreover, the DILG in partnership with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), National Water Resource Board (NWRB), and the Maynilad Water Services, Inc. (Maynilad) launched “Oplan Tubig Para sa Kinabukasan” late November this year, in a bid to target social media users through a water-saving campaign.
The campaign that boasts the hashtag “#1LTubigChallenge” or Isang Litrong Tubig Challenge encourages individuals to use one liter of water in as many activities as they could through careful recycling and usage.