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NWRB, together with Metro Cebu Water District, CUSWRD, LGU representatives and other country delegates from Netherlands, China, Indonesia & Japan convened in the workshop on Comparative Research of Groundwater Management in Coastal Areas in Southeast Asia held Metro Cebu Water District, Cebu City on October 25-26.


Engr. Susan Abano, NWRB Water Resources Assessment Section Chief, presented the Philippine water resources situationer, functions, and issues being encountered in the Philippine water supply. She also discussed groundwater management and the programs and projects being implemented by NWRB. Other presenters talked about local-specific topics such as the water resources situation, present water supply and salt water intrusion problems in the Cebu province. Projects by countries like Netherlands, China, Indonesia and Japan were also presented during the workshop.
Participants expressed their desire for all local government units in Cebu to enter into a memorandum of agreement with NWRB and MCWD to monitor all water extractors in the province. Currently, only Lapu-Lapu City has an existing MOA with NWRB and MCWD.
A visit on the Manangga River Artificial Recharge and Water Supply Project in Central Cebu District was done on the second day of the workshop. The group was brought to the weir, sedimentation and infiltration pond for water-capture coming from Manangga river. The river site is considered as the well-field of MCWD.
Two observation wells were visited and measured with water level and electric conductivity in different depths. The results of the reading reflected that as the water level become deeper, the electric conductivity reading increases.