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Policy on Streamlining and Process Improvement of NWRB's Frontline Services in Compliance with R.A. 11032, as Revised 2022
NWRB Res. No. 21-0322 was approved by the Board on its meeting held on March 30, 2022 which provides the amendment to Res. No. 15-0719 on streamlining and process improvements of NWRB's frontline services to be harmonized with existing special laws and/or IRRs and to be consistent with the Agency's updated Citizen's Charter.
Extension of Time on the Submission of Annual Report and Payment of Supervision and Regulation Fees During the State of Public Health Emergency
NWRB Res. No. 26-0222 was approved by the Board on its meeting held on February 16, 2022 which provides CPC grantees a two (2) months extension period on the submission of Annual Reports and payment of Supervision and Regulation Fees, which fall due on May 30, 2022 and September 30, 2022, respectively during the State of Public Health Emergency.
Amendment on the Extension of Validity of Conditional Water Permit During the State of Public Health Emergency
NWRB Res. No. 05-0320-B was approved by the Board on its meeting held on 27 October 2021 which provides that all CWPs  that have expired after 30 September 2021 including those with granted extensions shall be valid until Sept. 30, 2022, unless Proclamation No. 1218 S 2021 is earlier lifted or extended as the circumstances may warrant. In the case where the said proclamation is earlier lifted, a 30-day grace period shall render the above-mentioned CWPs to still be valid from the date of lifting.
Further Amending the Policy Guidelines on the Processing and Issuance of WPs and CWPs
NWRB Res. No. 15-0921 was approved by the Board on its meeting held on September 22, 2021 which provides that all holders of CWP for municipal use shall secure a CPC and maintain the same in good standing until the WP has been issued, otherwise, the CWP will be cancelled or revoked. On the other hand, all holders of a WP for municipal use shall maintain the legality and good standing of a CPC, otherwise the same can be a ground for the cancellation of the WP. Likewise, water permittees for municipal use not required by law to secure a CPC shall also maintain their WPs in good standing, otherwise the same may be cancelled or revoked.

Philippines and Korea work together on new water project
May 25, 2021

The National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) forged another partnership to strengthen its bilateral ties through the establishment of the Integrated Water Resources Management Information System (IWRMIS) for the Pampanga River Basin. Its main objective is to improve water resources planning, management, and regulation in the river basin.

In a keynote message by Department of Environment and Natural Resources Undersecretary Rodolfo Garcia, he underlined the importance of communicating the project initiatives to the surrounding communities. He said that the public must be educated in order to “elicit their support and move them to action.”

NWRB Executive Director Dr. Sevillo D. David Jr. said in his opening statement, “With the improvement and expansion of the project covering the entire Pampanga River Basin, it is expected that we will be able to reap more benefits from this project, specifically, in terms of water allocation and distribution, irrigation and flood analysis. Consequently, this also means more work from both our ends, but this is a very much welcome challenge in which the NWRB is up to.”

During the kick-off program via Zoom, KOICA Country Director for Philippines, Mr. Hwang Jaesang, also provided a keynote address while Dr. Deukkoo Koh of Dongbu Engineering laid out the project overview and implementation activities. Meanwhile, Engr. Susan P. Abano, the Chief of the Policy and Program Division of NWRB discussed the way forward of the project.

Other Philippine officials present during the meeting were NEDA Asec. Roderick Planta, LWUA Administrator Jeci Lapus, and other representatives from various government agencies, local government units, and water service providers.

The scope of this foreign grant is spread in a four-year period from 2021 to 2025. The Korean government will provide the Philippine government with necessary softwares, equipment and materials, dispatch some experts from Korea to assist in the implementation of the project and host capacity building activities for our officials and personnel.