by Vincent Bautista
MISAMIS ORIENTAL (PIA)–Misamis Oriental Governor Peter Unabia lauded the Regional Development Council (RDC)-10’s efforts in underscoring the importance of the region’s water security status amid its rapid social and economic development during this year’s Northern Mindanao Water Security Summit, May 25.
“Ang tubig limitado, kinaiyahang bahagi og maoy isa sa mga elemnto’ng gapadagan sa industriya ug ambag alang sa ekonomikanong kalambuan, tungod sa ka importante sa tubig, ang magkaisahon kinahanglan aron makabot ang kalamboan sa matinudanon nga pag protektar mahimong maka benepisyo ang tanan,” Unabia shared.
(Water is limited; it is a part of nature and is one of the elements that drive industry and contribute to economic development. Because of the importance of water, it is necessary to work together to achieve the development of genuine protection so that everyone can benefit)
Attended by various national government line agencies and local chief executives in the region, the summit serves as an avenue for stakeholders to harmonize efforts toward the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) 6, or “clean water and sanitation for all,” created in 2015 and address challenges encountered in their respective areas.
Earlier this year, the Provincial Government of Misamis Oriental (PGMO) approved the allocation of P400 million for the province’s waterworks project with more than 20 village beneficiaries, alongside the formulation of the Provincial Integrated Water Resources Security Plan and Sanitation, a convergence of all water security and sanitation stakeholders.
“We cannot emphasize enough the importance of the water situation here in Northern Mindanao and how it affects our daily lives; this assembly is necessary and an urgent step towards achieving our collective aim of attaining water security and providing safe, affordable, and accessible water for the Filipino people living in northern Mindanao,” he said. (VPSB/PIA-10/Misamis Oriental)