Jade Hazel Gamas | Aug. 29, 2017
The Davao City Watershed Management Council (WMC) held its 5th Watershed Stakeholders’ Summit on June 29 to 30 at the Convention Center, The Ritz Hotel at Garden Oases, Davao City.
The WMC was created to ensure the implementation of the Watershed Protection, Conservation and Management Ordinance, also known as the Watershed Code of Davao City. The summit, with this year’s theme: “Connecting Watershed Stakeholders in Davao City from Ridge-to-Reef through Sustainable and Active Partnerships,” provides a venue where water and watershed-related issues and concerns are discussed and addressed.
Around 100 participants from various organizations attended the summit. This included representatives from local and national government agencies, non-government organizations, private sector, the academe, among others. Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte graced the event and expressed her gratitude through a message, for the invaluable efforts of the different sectors especially the community watershed volunteers, in protecting the city’s watersheds.
Apo Agua Infrastructura, Inc. (Apo Agua) General Manager Ones C. Almario III was one of the summit’s resource speakers and served as an event partner. Almario presented updates on the Davao City Bulk Water Supply Project (DCBWSP), a project by the Davao City Water District (DCWD) and which will be implemented by Apo Agua. He also gave a project overview highlighting its environmental benefits. Apo Agua also set up a booth in the event’s exhibit where the company and the DCBWSP was introduced.
The summit is co-organized by the Interface Development Interventions, Inc., DCWD, Philippine Eagle Foundation, and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources XI.