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The DILG R6 celebrated World Water Day 2021 on March 22, 2021 at Zuri Hotel in Mandurriao, Iloilo City, through a series of activities collectively dubbed as “Knowledge Management (KM) in Motion.” This year’s theme “Valuing Water,” highlights the social, economic, cultural, and political values we place on water in the face of the pandemic, and in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and AmBisyon Natin 2040.

“Water is a divine blessing, and waking up without it is like waking up in a disaster, so it is an essential part of our lives,” said DILG R6 ARD Maria Calpiza J. Sardua, as she officially welcomed the guests and participants during the activity. 

Public Forum on Water Governance

DILG, in partnership with the Western Visayas Local Governance Resource Consortium conducted a Public Forum on Water Governance of the activity. Four research papers from UP Visayas and Central Philippine University were presented to LGUs and other stakeholders.

These are:

  • “Analysis of Water Property Rights and Responsibilities of Rights Holders in Tigum-Aganan Watershed, Philippines” by Joy C. Lizada, PhD;
  • “Spatio-Temporal Projection of Water Balance components under Climate Change Scenario of the Jalaur River Basin, Philippines” authored by Engr. Christsam Joy S. Jaspe, MEng.;
  • “Institutional Arrangements of Domestic Water Provisioning in Guimaras Island”, by Rosalie A. Hall, PhD; and 
  • “Level III System Domestic Water Quality and Use Pattern in Selected Communities in Guimaras Island, Philippines by Prof. Emeliza C. Lozada, MSFS..

 DILG-LGCDD OIC-Division Chief Christian M. Nagaynay and Lenny Rose P. Mucho, EdD of CPU were the Reactors of the forum. 

Moreover, a logo-making contest for the Western Visayas iWaSH Hub was made where Jan Karlo Bebanco bagged the 1st place, Sherwin Yancy, 2nd place; and Ryan Solen, 3rd place all from CPU.


MOA Signing on the Reconstitution of the WVLGRC

The Western Visayas Local Government Resource Consortium (WVLGRC) has been reconstituted eight (8) years after its inception, reaffirming its commitment to equipping LGUs, especially given that complete devolution will be enforced in 2022 as a result of the Supreme Court's Mandanas-Garcia Ruling.

More services will be given to the LGUs, including provinces, municipalities, and barangays, since this is an opportunity to make the WVLGRC more important and felt by the LGUs in every aspect of local governance, as the Consortium is envisioned to be the primary capacity development provider of LGUs in the coming years.

DILG R6 OIC-Regional Director Juna Jovian E. Ingeniero, Dr. Raul F. Muyong, President, ISAT U, Dr. Clement C. Camposano, Chancellor, UP Visayas, Dr. Teodoro S. Robles, President, CPU and Rev. Fr. Frederick C. Comendador, President, University of San Agustin signed the MOA, while DILG R6 ARD Maria Calpiza J. Sardua, UPVFI Exec. Dir. Joy C. Lizada, CPU RCECC Dir. Dr. Lenny Rose P. Mucho, ISAT U RDS Dir. Dr. Richard C. De Leon, and USA SACEO Dir. Maria Cristy E. Daguay stood as witnesses.


Launching of the 2021 Student Research Internship program and DILG Local Governance Policy Journal 

As the LGRRC VI transforms into a regional local governance think tank, DILG R6 unveiled its 2021 Student Research Internship Program.

The internship program seeks to recruit junior and senior college students, as well as graduate students studying in various fields related to local government. Along with the majority of the LGRC's facilities, the Research, Innovation, and Policy Development Facility w spearhead the initiative.

The Policy Journal will also be offered as a joint production of the WVLGRC member universities, complementing DILG 6's internship program and publication activities through its Multi-media, Knowledge and Information facility.

During the open forum, LGCDD OIC-Division Chief Christian M. Nagaynay answered questions from the virtual audience.