Project eyes water security

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014


WATER is an essential element for Cebu to achieve economic growth in the aftermath of calamities.

This was stressed by Jay Tecson, head of the Be Secure Project, which is funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAid).

He said drinking water supply may be cut off when calamity strikes so survivors’ health is at risk.

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He said Be Secure aims to address the problem, along with other issues related to climate change adaptation.

Be Secure Project is implemented in cooperation with the Philippine Association of Water Districts (PAWD), which includes the Metropolitan Cebu Water District (MCWD).

Be Secure Project involves identifying and implementing measures for the Philippines to achieve water security amid the threat of climate change.

During his Aug. 7 presentation to the PAWD, Tecson said effects of climate change on water utilities include drought, degradation of the supply’s quality and floods.

Be Secure Project notes that raising awareness and planning will help water services become climate resilient.

Tecson said the goal can be achieved through collaboration among stakeholders, increased government accountability and better management of water resources.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 20, 2014.

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