TWG on Pasig-Laguna de Bay Riverbasin formed

February 25, 2013 DILG Director Castilla-Go and other officials from Region 4A and NCR

The Department’s regional offices in Region IV-A and in the National Capital Region recently spearheaded the formation of the Technical Working Group (TWG) for the Pasig-Laguna De Bay Riverbasin, which covers Metro Manila and the CALABARZON region.

The creation of the TWG is in line with RA 10121, otherwise known as the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Act of 2010, prompting the DILG to  adopt the river basin approach as a pro-active measure to mitigate the effects of disasters in pursuit of its thrust to build climate-adaptive and disaster-resilient local government units (LGUs).

The newly created TWG is composed of 24 members from both DILG Regions IV-A and NCR,NGAs and NGOs,CSOs, and the Academe. An Executive Committee was also formed composed of members from both DILG regions, LLDA, DENR, RDC, the LGU Chairs from the Riverbasin Clusters, the MMDA, and a CSO (Tanggol Kalikasan) with DILG IV-A and NCR serving as the Secretariat. This was followed by setting of schedules for the conduct of regular meetings of the Secretariat and the convening of the Executive Committee.

The composition for the TWG was determined during the mapping of DILG personnel, other NGAs, NGOs, and POs. Prior to the formation of the TWG, DILG IV-A technical staff gave a walkthrough of the activity which included the overview, and the highlights of the previous collaboration workshop. DILG NCR on the other gave the highlights of activities within their region.

Present during the Inter-Regional Meeting Towards the Organization of Pasig-Laguna de Bay Riverbasin TWG at the Richville Hotel in Mandaluyong City were Regional Director Josefina E. Castilla-Go and Assistant Regional Director(ARD) Ariel O. Iglesia of DILG IV-A; ARD Ma. Lourdes Agustin and Local Government Capability Development Division Chief Helen Versoza of DILG NCR; Dir. Hardinado Patnugot, Jr. of DENR-RiverbasinCoordinating Office; Ms. Rita Petralba of the OCD Resilience Project; and Ms. Doris Amandy of Tanggol Kalikasan.

The inter-regional meeting is a follow-up activity of the Tapatan sa Timog Katagalugan: A Caravan on Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation held last July 17, 2012 at Yazaki-Torres Manufacturing, Inc., Calamba City, and the Pasig-Laguna de Bay Collaboration Workshop held last October 11, 2012 at the Marikina Convention Center.  (DILG CALABARZON)