MANILA-- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging local government units (LGUs) to construct rainwater collectors, given the onset of the rainy season.
In a memorandum circular, DILG Officer-in-Charge Catalino Cuy enjoined all provincial governors, city and municipal mayors, and barangay chairmen to use a rainwater harvesting technology that would apply in their respective communities.
"We see that it has become necessary for the government to intervene actively in improving the management of water resources, since it is vital to national development," Cuy said in a news release issued Thursday.
"Rainwater collection systems provide a simple, practicable and cost-effective means to preserve water, reduce flooding, provide water buffer, and recharge aquifers."
Cuy also called on local officials to pass ordinances that would integrate rainwater collection systems in their environmental laws, saying LGUs may grant tax and other incentives to encourage establishments to comply with the Philippine Green Building Code of 2016.
The memorandum also encouraged local government public infrastructure to construct rainwater collectors and use rainwater for non-potable purposes.
LGUs may seek the help of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) in constructing rainwater collectors, following the department's prototype designs.
Republic Act No. 6716, or the "Rainwater Collector and Springs Development Law", mandates the DPWH to construct water wells and rainwater collectors, develop springs and rehabilitate existing water wells in barangays nationwide. It also mandates the barangays to maintain and sustain these water facilities.
Source: Philippines News Agency