DA to start efforts on improving the country’s water management system
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol that the Department of Agriculture (DA) will start its own efforts to improve the country’s water management system.
According to him, water management is the country’s weakest program as we allow the excess water in our rivers and creeks to simply flow out to sea.
He said that in the desert of Southern California and Israel, agriculture is thriving in spite of the absence of rivers and rain. This, as early as 1776, American engineers built the great canals with reservoirs which gathered all available water to be distributed to the agricultural plains.
Israel, on the other hand, has a more interesting story as told by Seth Siegel in the book “Let There Be Water” detailing how the small desert nation became a major agriculture stakeholder by very accurate and precise water management.
Right now, even water used in kitchen sinks and toilet bowls were recycled for agriculture use in Israel.
“There is a need for this country to implement a well-coordinated and cohesive Water Management Plan or else Philippine Agriculture will not be able to feed the Filipinos of the next generation,” Piñol said.
“Ours is a dire situation. Headsprings are disappearing because of the cutting of trees in the watershed areas, rivers run dry during the summer months because there has been no attempt to manage the water,” he added.
He then said that the DA will strengthen the Bureau of Soil and Water Management (BSWM), saying that this is a task that must urgently be implemented.
“However, we could not do it alone and by ourselves,” Piñol said.
“Every government agency must really join a national advocacy to conserve and manage our water resources which should start with the protection of the watershed areas,” he added.