Nueva Vizcaya to host 1st water summit in Sept.

BAYOMBONG, Nueva Vizcaya, Aug. 31 (PIA) – The provincial government has partnered with environmentalist groups in a bid to conduct the first Water Summit in the province.

Governor Carlos Padilla said the summit is designed to solicit support from all stakeholders towards forging of the 2018 Water Declaration, which reiterates the province’s role as a watershed haven of Luzon, and unite on a  multi-sectoral action plan to implement programs based on the 2018 Water Declaration. This will also help lay down solid grounds to reject the extension of large scale mining operations in Nueva Vizcaya, including the approval of new applications for mining rights.

“This will be conducted next month at the Convention Center in the municipality of Bayombong and we are expecting more than 500 participants from various sectors,” he said.

Padilla added that the topics to be discussed during the summit are water and irrigation situationer, water quality monitoring, watershed integrity, water and human rights, water from the point of view of science and water and faith.

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He also added that the Water Declaration will serve as a landmark document  and  environmental agenda of the province for all water conservation advocates in the coming years.

The participants, Padilla further said will be farmer-irrigators, villagers of mining areas, National Irrigation Administration (NIA) officials, CE Casecnan, SN Aboitiz, Smith Bell, environmentalist groups, Maro Asia, religious sector, Phil Hydro, academe, Department of Environment and Natural Resources(DENR), youth sector, barangay officials, indigenous people, chamber of commerce, tourism sector, Cagayan  River Basin Project proponents, and media practitioners, among others. (MDCT/BME/PIA 2-Nueva Vizcaya)

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