- Written by Christine S. Palma
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- Published: 26 September 2013
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ILOILO CITY – Two provinces covered by the Panay River Basin namely Capiz and Iloilo are in alliance to enhance Disaster Preparedness and Climate Change Adaptability in local government units.
Initiated by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Region 6, the Panay River Basin was institutionalized after the finalization of its Strategic Plan and the signing of Memorandum of Agreement on August 30, 2013.
“The alliance will not be a mere organization but an institutional strategy to help mitigate the effects of disaster and climate change. It will be a disaster risk reduction climate change adaptation champion,” said Regional Director Evelyn Trompeta.
Local Chief Executive of 26 LGUs in the Panay River Basin attended the MOA signing ceremony. There are 16 from the province of Capiz and these are Cuartero, Dao, Dumalag, Dumarao, Ivisan, Jamindan, Mambusao, Maayon, Panay, Panit-an, Pontevedra, Tapaz, Roxas City, Sapian, Sigma and Provincial Government of Capiz . In Iloilo, there are 10 LGUs and these are Ajuy, Batad, Barotac Viejo, Bingawan, Calinog, Lemery, San Dionisio, SanRafael, Sara and Provincial Government of Iloilo.
Aside from the LGUs, the Panay River Basin Alliance is also composed of government agencies. It includes DILG, Office of Civil Defense (OCD-6), Department of the Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6), DENR-6’s Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB-6), Department of Science and Technology (DOST-6), Department of Agriculture (DA-6), Department of Social Work and Development (DSWD-6)National Irrigation Administration (NIA-6), Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR-6), National Commission on Indigenous People (NCIP-6) and the 3rd Infantry Division (3ID) of the Philippine Army.
The Panay River Basin is one of the 18 priority river basins in the country, due to its magnitude. In region 6, there are 3 identified including Jalaur River Basin in Iloilo and Ilog-Hilabangan River in Negros island.(RIO Christine S. Palma, DILG6)