The Ecosystems Research and Development Bureau (ERDB) joined the Kick-off of the 2014 World Water Day held on March 17, 2014 at Angat Watershed in Norzagaray, Bulacan. As part of the kick-off program, ERDB showcased its first Interactive Exhibit featuring five vulnerable watersheds in the Philippines. Veering away from conventional forms of exhibits, ERDB took a light turn in making the topic more understandable and interesting to its viewers. Entitled "Watershedelikado: Building Resilient Communities through R&D", the vulnerabilities of Aringay Watershed in Benguet and La Union, Baco in Oriental Mindoro, Buhi in Camarines Sur, Gian in Sarangani and Davao Del Sur and Mt. Makiling in Laguna and Batangas were unveiled.

 

The exhibit highlighted the vulnerabilities of the watersheds against disasters such as flooding, landslide, and soil erosion. To cope with the hazards that may pose threats to the watersheds, recommendations were also provided.

The exhibit was designed to increase the awareness of the viewers on the importance of vulnerability assessment and how this study can be used as a tool to safeguard communities against potential environmental risks in their place. Vulnerability assessment of priority watersheds in the Philippines is an ERDB completed project under the Program on Climate Change.

Eight delegates from ERDB participated in the event.

Also part of the kick-off program was a Water and Energy Nexus tour from Angat Dam to Ipo Dam in Bulacan to La Mesa Water Treatment Plant in Quezon City. The activity served as an exposure trip for the participants to understand how water is being used to generate the electric and water needs of Metro Manila and other nearby provinces.

This is the second time that the Philippines is celebrating World Water day. From March 17-21, various activities will be conducted by different agencies in support of the Celebration.

March 17

Kick-off at Angat Watershed

Water and Energy Nexus Tour from Angat Dam to La Mesa Water Treatment Plant

March 17-21

Sining Ipo Exhibit: Advocating Watershed Protection through Art at Meralco Compound, Pasig City

Water and Energy Info Drive

March 18

Every Beat Leads to Manila Bay WWD Concert at Glorietta 2, Makati City

WWD 2014 Exhibit at Glorietta 2, Makati City

Daloy Dunong Water and Energy Education Drive at Muntinlupa City

Plant for Life Mangrove Planting at Bacoor, Cavite

March 18-20

Water is Power Lecture Series at Pasig, Taguig, San Juan, Pateros, Marikina and Quezon City

WWD Photography Competitiom

March 19

Water and Energy On-the-Spot Poster Making Contest at SM North

Water Education for Teachers at Air Quality Management Training Center- EMB

Tree Planting Activity at Taytay and Antipolo

Daloy Dunong Parent-Kid Tour of Ipo Watershed

March 20

Water and Energy Forum at University of the Philippines – College of Engineering

River Clean Up

Plant for Life Mangrove Planting at Kawit, Cavite

Buhay KYUT (KalusugangYamangUgnaysaTubig) Outreach Program at Leyte

WWD Estero Tour at San Miguel, Manila

Dialogue on Water Conservation IMS and Nationwide Reforestation Programs

March 21

WWD Water is Power Culminating Activity at SM MOA

International Day of Forests: Forests and Water Information Drive

March 22

Water and Energy Nexus Tour from Angat Dam to La Mesa Water Treatment Plant (Batch 2)

Parent-Kid Story Telling on Water and Conservation at San Miguel, Manila

Month-long Mangrove Planting Program at Tacloban, Leyte

The 2014 Celebration of World Water Day in the Philippines is organized by DENR bureaus and attached agencies namely, ERDB, EMB, BiMB, FMB, LLDA, PRRC, RBCO, MBCO, NWRB, DENR Region 3 and PENRO Bulacan. Other important bodies during the event are government agencies including DPWH, DOE, DepEd, MWSS, LWUA, NIA, NPC, NGCP and corporate agencies such as Maynilad, Manila Water and Nestle organizers. Adreana Santos-Remo, TDD