NWRB gathers water stakeholders at the 2nd progress report of Korean-assisted project Luxent Hotel, Quezon City 08 April 2015

The National Water Resources Board organized the conduct of 2nd Progress Report by the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) on the Integrated 3D GIS-Based Water Resources Management Information System in the Provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan Project at the Luxent Hotel in Timog, Quezon City.

During the event, NWRB Executive Director Sevillo D. David Jr. acknowledged the importance of the Korean-funded project in efficiently managing water resources in the pilot areas Pampanga and Bulacan. He was eager to know the activities that transpired since the presentation of the first progress report in November. The Executive Director also encouraged all water-related agency representatives to actively participate in the discussion during the open forum.

On the other hand, KOICA Resident Representative Minhyeon Song stressed the significance and timeliness of the advanced water information system especially during the dry season which is currently experienced by the Philippines. He further mentioned that the endeavor will succeed if all stakeholders will work together.

Participants from different water-related agencies were dynamically engaged during the open forum. Among the topics of discussion include prediction of water level, flow and amount of rainfall; cost of information access from the system; outflow data of water from dams; expansion of area coverage to the whole Pampanga River Basin; development of drought information system and prediction of flood prone areas.

Presentation of the project overview and systems demonstration together with the next steps was done by Project Manager Dr. Hyeon Cheol Park. Dr. Hyun Sang Choi from the Korean Institute of Construction Technology (KICT) also presented the topic on Business Process Re-Engineering/Information Strategy Planning (BPR/ISP) which serves as a major component of the project.

The Integrated 3D GIS-Based Water Resources Management Information System in the Provinces of Pampanga and Bulacan was established to create a state-of-the art and science-based decision support tool for efficient management of water resources. The completion of the project is targeted in December this year.