April 8, 2016
Lead officials of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and Philippine Council for Industry, Energy, and Emerging Technologies Research and Development (DOST-PCIEERD) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) of the Climate-Resilient Infrastructure Initiative (CRII) at the NWRB Office in Quezon City.
NWRB Executive Director Dr. Sevillo D. David Jr. and PCIEERD Executive Director Dr. Carlos Primo C. David agreed to work hand-in-hand in providing “science-based information for the planning of critical infrastructure with due consideration to climate change trends and disaster risk reduction principles and using the most detailed and updated datasets available.”
Both parties have identified four initial projects under the CRII including the: Automated Dam Monitoring (Inflow, Outflow, and Current Water Level); Quantitative Hydrological Studies for Critical Watersheds; Angat Reservoir Research; and Water Resources Accounting for the Whole Country.
The agreement notes that PCIEERD will provide a pool of researchers who will work closely with NWRB technical personnel to create the CRII program and other climate-resilient studies that both agencies deem relevant. A system will also be established so that NWRB can access the expertise, tools and datasets under the project.
The three-year partnership aims to institute an S&T-based repository of data for the efficient management of water resources in the Philippines underlining the worsening impacts of climate change.