In celebration of World Water Day 2021, the DILG Region VI mounted a series of activities collectively dubbed as ‘Knowledge Management (KM) in Motion’ on March 22, 2021 at Zuri Hotel in Mandurriao, Iloilo City.
“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 VI Assistant Regional Director (ARD) Maria Calpiza J. Sardua.
She said that this year’s theme ‘Valuing Water’ highlights the social, economic, cultural, and political values associated with water in the face of the pandemic, and in line with the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and AmBisyon Natin 2040.
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 the University of the Philippines (UP) Visayas and Central Philippine University (CPU) were presented to local government units (LGUs) and other stakeholders.
Among the said research papers 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- Local Government Capability Development Division (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 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 local government units (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 VI OIC-Regional Director Juna Jovian E. Ingeniero; Dr. Raul F. Muyong, President, Iloilo Science and Technology University (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 (USA) signed the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
Meanwhile, DILG VI ARD Sardua, UP Visayas Foundation Executive Director Joy C. Lizada, CPU Review, Continuing Education and Consultancy Center’s Director Dr. Lenny Rose P. Mucho, ISAT U - Research Service Division’s Director Dr. Richard C. De Leon, and Social Advocacy and Community Engagement office, University of San Agustin - Social Advocacy and Community Engagement Office’s Director Maria Cristy E. Daguay stood as witnesses.
Launching student research internship program
As the Local Governance Regional Resource Center (LGRRC) VI transforms into a regional local governance think tank, DILG VI 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 LGRRC's facilities, the Research, Innovation, and Policy Development Facility spearheaded the initiative.
The ‘Policy Journal’ will also be offered as a joint production of the WVLGRC member universities, complementing DILG VI's internship program and publication activities through its Multi-media, Knowledge, and Information facility.
During the open forum, LGCDD OIC-Division Chief Nagaynay answered questions from the virtual audience.