The agenda of the September 11 meeting included review of the agreements for the training on physical asset and flow account for Cordillera water resources, inventory available data and to look into the issues and challenges for the conduct of the water resource account.
Attendees were representatives from the regional office of Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), National Irrigation Administration, Mines and Geosciences Bureau, Dept. of Health, Dept. of Agriculture, Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Office of Civil Defense and the DENR Watershed and Water Resources Research Development and Extension Center and the Baguio City and La Trinidad Water District offices.
Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) Resolution No. 6 approved by NEDA – CAR Regional Director Milagros Rimando on August 20, 2019 creates the Task Force on Water Resources Accounting of Cordillera Administrative Region with PSA as chair and DENR as co-chair.
The resolution highlighted the accounting of the environment and natural resources of the region as vital in planning and policy formulation, climate change mitigation and adaptation, monitoring programs and projects, the Sustainable Development Goals, and the provision of data support to other cross cutting environmental issues.
It is also in support to the UN System of Environmental – Economic Accounting 2012 central framework, through the Environment and Natural Resources Accounting project that gears towards the compilation of physical asset and flow accounts for water resources of Cordillera
PSA – CAR Statistical Operations and Coordination Division OIC Aldrin Federico Bahit Jr. said with the creation of the TF on Water Accounting and with the RSC Technical Working Group on Environmental Statistics, work will now be underway for accounting of the water resources in the region in terms of present assets, who use it and how much is being used.
The water resources accounts will be vital for planning and policy formulation not only for Cordillera but also to the other regions that are benefitting from the waters coming from the watersheds of Cordillera, Bahit said.
The Cordillera region is tagged as the “Watershed Cradle of Northern Luzon.” (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)
By Carlito C. Dar