Thursday, April 18, 2024

Isabela State University (ISU) and the Smart Water Infrastructure and Management (SWIM) R&D Center formally turned over a Comprehensive Water Resources Management Plan to the Province of Batanes through the Municipality of Basco on April 18, 2024 at the Batanes State College (BSC) Academic Management Building.

The said turnover was attended by the officials of the University, BSC, and Basco headed by Dr. Ricmar P. Aquino (University President), Dr. Djovi R. Durante (College President), and Hon. German A. Caccam (Municipal Mayor) respectively. Dr. Marita R. Canapi (CHEd Commissioner) was also in attendance as the chair of the ISU Board of Regents (BOR).

With population and climate putting much pressure on water sustainability for crop production, energy generation, and domestic supply, the said R&D Center found that there is much interest to assess water resources in consideration of socio-economic factors, increasing demands from various sectors, expansion of irrigation services, and the effect of climate change.

The long-term strategic document that was turned over by the University outlined the management of the Batanes province water resources. It considered current and future water demands, water supply sources, and the infrastructure needed to meet the demands.

In addition, the crafted comprehensive water resources management plan addressed a variety of issues related to the management of water resources including: assessment of water resources, water demand and use, water allocation, water supply and distribution, watershed management, flood and drought management, environmental protection, and integrated water resources management.

After the assessments, the management plan presented a newly-developed comprehensive water resources assessment framework that will serve as a basis for the designs and implementation of water-related projects and interventions in Region 2.