Beng eyes water security training for brgy leaders PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 29 October 2015 10:56

by VIC LARATO

Mayor Beng Climaco mulled on Tuesday to train barangay officials on how to secure water for resilient economic growth and stability patterned after the “Be Secure” Project of the United States Agency International Development (USAID).

Climaco said it’s high time that “we shift our security measures to water because it is a prime commodity and slowly the supply or sources are depleting.”

She said other countries like those in the Middle East are rich in oil but they do not have water, they spend so much to import water and other water desalination facilities.

“Between oil and water, we choose water. We do not have oil but we have water, thus we must protect and secure it,” the chief executive stressed during the launch of USAID Be Secure Project.

The project aims to promote good governance in the water sector, builds capacity for long-term water security, improves access to water and wastewater treatment services; and helps communities become more resilient to climate change, and build back better after hydrological disasters.

The USAID is implementing the project in Basilan, Iloilo, Leyte, Maguindanao, Misamis Oriental and Zamboanga.

Under the project, the USAID provides technical expertise to the local water firms, trains the local government units on project proposal preparation and detailed engineering design of water systems that helps them quality for funding under the government’s “Sagana at Ligtas na Tubig sa Lahat” (SALINTUBIG) Program.

The agency will also rehabilitate vital water supply facilities and systems, strengthens and develops wastewater treatment policies, laws and plans, including the development of practical and effective septage management and sewerage activities.— Vic Larato