DENR names 3 add’l new water quality management areas
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) said it has named three more river systems as water quality management areas (WQMAs), bringing to 37 the total number of water bodies nationwide under stringent policies for protection from pollution.
In three separate administrative orders signed by Environment Secretary Roy A. Cimatu, the Malabon-Tullahan-Tinajeros and the Las Piñas-Parañaque river systems in the National Capital Region and the Iyam-Dumacaa river system in Region 4A (Calabarzon) have been designated as WQMAs.
The administrative orders aim to protect and improve the water quality of the three river systems—which are important sources of livelihood among local residents—pursuant to Republic Act 9275 or the Philippine Clean Water Act of 2004.
“Their designation as WQMAs will ensure clean water in these rivers for present and future generations. Water is vital for irrigation, livelihood and water supply,” Cimatu said.
So far, there are now 19 WQMAs in Luzon, 8 in Visayas and 10 in Mindanao.
According to Cimatu, designating WQMAs will enable concerned officials both in the national and local levels to take focused interventions on specific water quality issues relevant to a particular locality.