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The possibility of having Department of Water is currently in the list of Duterte Cabinet

The Duterte Cabinet is studying the possibility of creating Department of Water amid the water crisis in Metro Manila and nearby areas.

This is also expected to mitigate the effects of El Nino as the summer season is already here.

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Photo source: The Straits Times

Presidential spokesman Salvador Panelo said President Rodrigo Duterte and his Cabinet had a meeting last Monday night and they discussed plans to address the present water shortage.

“A roadmap was presented, which included immediate, medium and long-term interventions, such as making an intensive campaign for the conservation of water and energy,” Panelo stated in a report from The Philippine Star.

The Duterte Cabinet talked about the feasibility of creating the Department of Water and the Department of Disaster Resilience.

Aside from this, the government officials also discussed other measures such as “dredging of waterways, replacing tunnels and aqueducts, installing water tank systems in all Department of Health hospitals and providing funding for the establishment of water treatment plants.”

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Photo source: Philstar

According to the report, the socioeconomic planning agency of the country presented a proposed executive order. The proposal aims to merge the National Water Resources Board and the National Water Management Council to “streamline and consolidate planning and regulation of all water and river basins in the country.”

The government admitted that the increasing demand of water supply was already anticipated. However, the projects to address this matter has been delayed.

Department of Agriculture’s latest data showed the damage inflicted by the El Niño dry spell to the farm sector has reached P4.35 billion as of Sunday since the start of 2019, based on the report.

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