by Harry E. Deri
GUBAT, Sorsogon, September 1 -– With the recurring climatic problem the country is experiencing now due to the changing climate and global warming, the government is faced with great demands to hasten implementation of programs and projects that will at least mitigate the effects of this changing phenomena.
According to Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) Sorsogon 2nd District Engr. Juanito R. Alamar, the dwindling supply of water and the El Nino phenomena can undeniably be attributed to the changing climate, thus, the government include in its program alongside Disaster Risk Reduction and Management certain measures that would deal with the problem on water supply and the El Nino phenomenon.
“To address this pressing dilemma, Republic Act 6716 otherwise known as “The Rainwater Collection System Law (RWCS) was crafted and passed into law by our legislators,” said Alamar.
He said RA 6716 authorizes DPWH to construct water wells, springs and rainwater collectors, being the infrastructure agency of the government that has the institutional capacity and technical know-how in the planning and implementation of such projects.
“The RWCS is to be installed in public sites or most especially in the public schools where was scarcity of water or has no supply of water,” he added.
Meanwhile, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) where joint responsibilities of the two agencies will be spelled out will be executed between DPWH-Sorsogon 2nd District Engineering Office and Department of Education (DepEd) through the principal of the recipient school.
As stated in the MOA, the DepEd aside from its specific tasks will maintain the cleaning of the RWCS and ensure its effectiveness as water storage for school/domestic/emergency use.
On the other hand, the DPWH, aside from its specific tasks shall assist the DepEd in providing technical support and advisory services. It is also tasked to monitor DepEd’s compliance of the RA 6716 and the submission of status of monthly accomplishment report on the effectiveness of the RWCS.
“Residents of the identified Barangays and students of the recipient schools will surely benefit from the project once the RWCS is installed in their respective areas,” said Alamar. (MAL/BAR/HED, DPWH-S2DEO)