Rain harvest facility seen as economic trigger

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014


INVESTING in rainwater harvesting facilities will help in the economic growth of the region.

Dolores Molintas of the National Economic and Development Authority said one of the facilities the region should look into a rainwater harvesting systems like that in Mt. Sto. Tomas.

"This is one of the things that we should look into dito sa region kasi malakas ang rain water natin," she said.

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Molintas added water run-off from the mountains can also be impounded even in ponds that can be treated for domestic and potable use.

Philippine Statistics Authority - National Statistical Coordination Board regional head Benjie Navarro said, "Water harvesting facilities will help households become more productive and less dependent on water districts".

"In my view, I expect an improvement in the economy as whole if the idea is made possible since households and firms will have an alternate source of water as an input to production," he added.

Navarro highlighted the rain water harvesting facility could be classified under the Electricity, Gas and Water Supply portion which is one of the indicators in the industry sector thus it will be a contributory factor.

Furthermore, Molintas specified the use of ponds or basins as rainwater harvesting facilities is ideal in the provinces of Abra, Apayao, Ifugao, Kalinga ang Mt. Province where there are still a lot of green areas.

She opined Benguet including Baguio City is not so ideal in such kind of harvesting facility because "More or less baka polluted na yung water to be impounded".

However, the concept of harvesting facilities is still possible in urban setting with the help of infrastructures or storage tanks.

Molintas hopes the local government units can adopt this kind of water conservation method, which will not only be beneficial to the residents but also to the economy.

"Dapat large scale intended for local community use so that it will be more sustainable and so that it can really improve the growth of Cordillera economy," she said.

Aside from domestic and potable use, other advantages of the use of rainwater accumulated with harvesting facilities are for irrigation, reduce demand of water from the ground, and environmental friendly, which can reduce floods and soil erosion.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on August 06, 2014.

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