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Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Public Private Partnership highlighted in watershed forum

PIA Press Release
2010/12/03

Public Private Partnership highlighted in watershed forum

Iloilo (3 December) -- The advantages of public-private partnership were tackled during the forum on Managing our Watersheds convened by the Canadian Urban Institute for stakeholders coming from the Metro-Iloilo Guimaras Development Council, LGUs and agencies, to engage them for effective action.

Engr. Mike Price, CUI Water Resource Management Advisor and former General Manager of the Toronto Water, told stakeholders that many of the problems on water demand and supply can be addressed by PPP program.

"It is more expensive to do it by yourself," Price said, referring to the seemingly isolated interventions to water problems in the province and city of Iloilo.

He said in Toronto, huge investments were allocated for water including water education in a holistic manner, where public and private sector participation was immense.

Joining Engr. Price were Dr. Joy Lizada of the UP-Visayas, Dr. Jessica Salas, of Tigum-Aganan Watershed Management Council, and Victoria Lara of the Iloilo Business Club.

Dr. Lizada said watershed management should take water as a social and economic resource and water development should be looked at as an economic good that needs participation of many sectors for it to be efficiently and effectively managed.

Dr. Jessica Salas said stakeholders in watershed management should consider diverse sources of water in an area so that adequacy in supply and demand can be assured of.

She said the local government can venture into ordinances and local initiatives that regulate water consumptions among users, into certain amounts only and any violation can be sanctioned, while best practice on water demand management can also be given incentives through productive investments.

Ms. Lara of the Iloilo Business Club said that problems on water demand and supply and watershed management can be effectively addressed with a responsible body that can put the stakeholders together.

She added Iloilo needs a master plan that can include a strategy in approaching its water problems.

CUI Project Manager jay Presaldo said the forum is among a series they are conducting with the stakeholders, aimed at emerging creative trends in water resource management, identifying priority issues for policy formulation. (PIA6/ESS)

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