THE Department of Interior and Local government has urged local officials and other officials concerned “to conduct simple but meaningful activities on March 22,2015 to celebrare World Water Day, with the theme: “Water and Sustainable Development.” The call is contained in Memorandum Circular issued on February 27, 2015 and signed by Sec. Mar Roxas. Included in the call are the municipal, city mayors, governors, DILG regional directors, Roxas said.
The officials concerned are encouraged to do the following: display of banner or streamer in major thoroughfares and/or in strategic public structures; Conduct of short program during flag ceremonies to inform LGU personnel and the community on the significance of safe and potable water, water source protection, water conservation measures; and water quality monitoring, improved sanitation, proper waste disposal and hand-washing hygiene promotion and toilet maintenance; minor repairs and rehabilitation of existing barangay, municipal, provincial or inter-local waterworks and irrigation system.
The LGUS also are encouraged to conduct water sampling, testing and analysis of Level I, II and III water points; recognition of sustainable local waterworks/irrigation systems/associations; and organize creative, innovative, relevant and informative Water World Dav activities/campaign.
“The United Nations General Assembly Resolution No. 471193, adopted on December 22, 1992, designated March 22 of every year as World Water Day. Considering that water resources development contributes to economic productivity, rapid water scarcity is limiting economic development and the promotion of water conservation and sustainable management requires public awareness at local, national, regional and international levels,” Roxas said.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources has this to say. “This year’s activities would focus on increasing awareness to conserve water resources “not only because we need water to drink, bathe in and wash our clothes, but also because it is an important component of the food that we eat.”
It was not immediately known if the LGUs in Bohol, including the provincial government have prepared something for the world water celebration. (rvo)