The Cagayan de Oro River Basin and Adjacent Rivers (CDORBAR) water quality management area (WQMA) alongside the Tagoloan River Basin WQMA held its fourth quarter joint board meeting virtually to give updates on their WQMA compliance schemes, approve resolutions that bolsters their initiatives, and present accomplishments done in the previous quarters here in northern Mindanao.
“In this fourth quarter meeting, we strive for each governing members to be appraise on what we have done in the past year, in the presentations we hope to assess the accomplishments and also welcome suggestions for 2021 for the improvement of water quality in the region,” Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB)-10 OIC Regional Director Reynaldo S. Digamo said.
In the said meeting, the board approved CDORBAR WQMA Resolution No. 2020-009: “Integration of Similar Activities Contained in the CDORB Strategic Action Plan to the WQMA Compliance Schemes of LGU-Talakag, LGU-Libona and LGU-Baungon in the Province of Bukidnon and LGU-Cagayan de Oro City” to further support local government units (LGUs) in adhering to water management and compliance schemes.
LGU grantees of the feasibility studies for the construction of septage projects funded by the DENR-EMB thru the WQMA fund, namely, Manolo Fortich, Malaybalay City, Talakag, and Claveria also gave updates on status of the study within their localities.
For CDO’s development, Cagayan de Oro City Water District (COWD) General Manager Engr. Carolina B. Lao provided an update for the construction of a septage treatment facility within the city, disclosing that they were able to secure P500 million funding assistance from the city government, which could either be a grant or a loan.
Capping off the meeting, Digamo thanked the board and participants for their firm commitment in protecting the region’s water bodies and ensuring water quality despite the on-going coronavirus disease (COVID)–19 pandemic.
“We are still in the midst of the pandemic and we are still continuing in adapting to this virtual scheme, despite the challenges we cannot let it hinder our cause, we hope to see more enthusiastic support in the year 2021 as we are about to close this year,” he said. (VPSB/PIA10)