ZC business, industrial groups call for genuine representation in ZCWD Board PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 02 November 2012 14:22

Water is vital to life and economic prosperity and that it must be given top priority. Water is fast becoming our most precious but most wasted resource, widespread misuse, water pollution and overpopulation are some of the urgent issues that call for immediate attention. The increasing pressure of climate change, massive population growth, urbanization,pollution put pressure on this finite resource.

A genuine sectoral responsibilities and interest on a pro active water management and conservation is paramount in this engagement, hence,various business and industrial groups and SMEs have closed ranks to achieve this end. Among the business groups advocating and taking the lead in this call are the Zamboanga Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Industrial Group of Zamboanga, SOPHIL, Phil Export, ZC ICT Council, Zamboanga Market Stall Operators, Canelar Barter Traders Association, Zamboanga Hotel and Restaurant Operators, Zamboanga Realtors Board (ZAREB), Zamboanga Hog Raisers Association, Consumer Net Region 9 and more than 100 SME’s and business establishment doing business in ZamboangaCity.

The call was for a genuine participation especially from the business sector with a clear perspective in managing and sustaining the water scarcity issue and sustaining this finite resource for the future generation.

At present. former mayor Efren F. Aranez sits in the board as the business sector representative and whose three-year term is about to expire. The appointing authority is Mayor Celso L. Lobregat.

A genuine representative from the business sector underscores why better water resource management is important for economic development of the city. Proactive and sustainable management of Zamboanga City water resources and proper utilization of its limited resources in investing in water conservation is crucial. Water security is in peril, poverty reduction and economic growth will not be sustainable. Water development and management must be based on a genuine multi stakeholders engagement, their involvement as users,planners and policy makers at all levels are encouraged for a more transparent, accountable and genuine participative policy decision making that will redound for the greater good most especially the water consumers of Zamboanga City. — Gary B. Paloma/ZCCIFI Executive Director