Dr Calalang, on the other hand, shared their ongoing ARES-CCD (Académie de Recherche et d’Enseignement Supérieur - Cellule de Coopération au Développement) -funded project called: Building up an Integrated Methodology for Water resources Assessment and Management in urban coastal areas (BIMWAM). The project sites are in the Municipalities of Opol and Medina, both in Misamis Oriental. The participants are looking forward to the results of the project, and expressed their desire for the project to be replicated in other municipalities.
VP Lo emphasizing climate change is part of the equation in water security.
The participants were led by no less than Hon Peter "Sr Pedro" Unabia, Governor of the Province of Misamis Oriental. Municipal mayors, planning and development officers, and local water district managers from different municipalities were also in attendance. Government line agency directors and representatives from NEDA, DILG, DSWD, and others also joined the event. The private sector, led by Oro Chamber President Mr Raymundo Talimio Jr, and PCCI (Philippine Chamber of Commerce and Industry) Northern Mindanao Governor Mr Ruben Vegafria, also participated.Other resource persons were Dr Maria Luisa Salingay of the University of Science and Technology of Southern Philippines (USTP), Engr Rosalyn Yparraguirre of NEDA-10, and Dr Rachel Beja of the USAID Safe Water Project.Towards the end of the workshop, Mr Stanley Uriarte, Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator, announced that a Water Security Planning Team, which will include Xavier Ateneo, will be convened soon.
Dr Calalang sharing the components and methodologies of the BIMWAM Project.
L-R: Mr. Uriarte (Provincial Planning and Development Coordinator), Mr. Vegafria (PCCI Northern Mindanao Governor), and Hon. Unabia (Misamis Oriental Governor)
Photos by: MisOr PIO