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.