Advisory Required Booster Shot

Suspension on the Acceptance of New Water Permit Applications in Tagbilaran City, Baclayon and Panglao Island
NWRB Res. No. 29-0522 was approved by the Board on its meeting held on May 24, 2022 that suspends the acceptance of new water permit applications in Tagbilaran City, Baclayon and Panglao Island where the proposed water sources are deepwells and shallow wells. Petitions for increase of water volume within the said areas are also suspended
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.

NWRB presents Groundwater Studies at the National River Basin Summit 2022

NWRB Executive Director, Dr. Sevillo D. David Jr., CESO III was the first resource person at the National River Basin Summit 2022. He showcased NWRB’s Groundwater Assessment Studies in Selected Highly-Urbanized Water Constraint Cities in the Philippines held on March 15, 2022 via Zoom.

In his presentation, Executive Director David showed the results of NWRB’s groundwater management plan (GMP) conducted in the cities of Iloilo, Cagayan de Oro, Angeles and Baguio. He stated that the common challenges discovered in the studies are decreasing water availability due to low groundwater yields and low hydraulic heads, deteriorating water quality, increasing groundwater demand causing over extraction, limited knowledge on groundwater of surrounding communities, saltwater intrusion in coastal aquifers and the inevitable impacts of climate change to groundwater.

As a result of these studies, the NWRB strengthens the management of the country’s invisible groundwater resources by making it visible through the use of groundwater observation wells, according to Dr. David. In total, there are forty-six (46) monitoring wells in different parts of the country. Groundwater allocation policies are also being implemented in the prioritized critical areas such as Metro Manila and Metro Cebu. The formulation of Groundwater Monitoring Plan (GMP) is also expanding beyond the nine (9) initially identified water-constraint areas.

Reactors from different government agencies involved in the water sector also presented their comments and recommendations based on the presentation of the NWRB Executive Director. Among the panelists are Ms. Marnette Puthenpurenkal of the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB), Mr. Aldrin O. Maranan of the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) and Mr. Othello L. Razon of the National Irrigation Administration (NIA).

This event was organized by the DENR-River Basin Control Office (RBCO) as a kick-off activity of the Philippine Water Week and World Water Day 2022 celebrations.