City Council mulls bill for water sources rehab

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Tuesday, May 13, 2014


RECOGNIZING the immediate threat of El Niño, the committee on agriculture of the City Council in Davao City is planning to pass an ordinance that seeks to rehabilitate the city's water sources.

Councilor Marissa Salvador-Abella, chair of committee on agriculture, said the city must brace for the threat of drought especially on the agriculture sector which is considered as most vulnerable.

Abella said part of the plan is to identify all the water sources in the city, both in the upland and urban areas.

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She said her committee will ask help from the barangay leaders and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in identifying these water sources.

"El Niño really affects agriculture. Dili lang ang mga farmers nato from upland areas ang apekta do ani, apil pud nang sa urban (Farmers from the urban areas will also be affected by the drought)," she said.

She added she will promote planting more trees. Meanwhile, Abella said the city will coordinate with the Department of Agriculture on its measures as preparation for the El Niño phenomenon.

These measures include intensified cloud-seeding operations, distribution of drought-tolerant crop varieties, water-saving technologies and improvement of irrigation systems.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on May 14, 2014.

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