In a special Kapihan on Watersheds and Water Resources, recently conducted at the Le Monet Hotel, Camp John Hay, Baguio City, Dr. Henry Adornado, Director of Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB), and Baguio City Mayor Mauricio Domogan signed a Memorandum of Agreement March 10, 2016 signaling the start of partnership on Water Harvesting Technologies (WHT). This MOA spells out the participatory extension of ENR technologies through the Pro-Active Response Towards Environmental Relations Based on Needs and Demand (PARTNER-BOND) program of ERDB to the City of Baguio.

Under the MOA, the ERDB’s Client-based Technology Transfer and Extension Services shall impart ENR technologies through trainings, technology forum, and technology exhibits to the City. In turn, the City will showcase water harvesting technologies to encourage visitors and LGUs to adopt these technologies. It is hoped that the partnership will promote and facilitate the application of WHT in ecological parks and in water deficient areas.

Among other things, the Mayor expressed gratitude and appreciation to the ERDB and the DENR family for giving importance and prioritizing the goal of sustaining water conservation activities which he said is very much needed by the City. Dir. Adornado for his part thanked the Mayor for their proactive advocacy of applying WHT; considering that the City has already an existing local water code.

The event was witnessed by the media and other officials of the City including ERDB and WWRRC officials during the special Kapihan on watershed and water resources at Le Monet Hotel. The Kapihan was anchored by PIA Dir. Helen Tibaldo and Migz Velarde of Skycable.