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EMB-13 assures Butuan folks of safe potable water source

December 09, 2019 - Monday 6:12 PM by PNA

Article Banner Image SAFE WATER. Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) Caraga OIC Regional Director Albert Arcamo leads the 4th quarter meeting of the Board of Taguibo River Water Quality Management Area on Friday (Dec. 6, 2019) to enhance the knowledge of the members of the board on water quality monitoring and surveillance. Taguibo River is the main source of potable water in Butuan City. (PNA photo by Alexander Lopez)

BUTUAN CITY – The regular gathering of the members of the board of Water Quality Management Area (WQMA) indicates that authorities are working to protect the water source and ensure consumers here of its good quality and safety.

Albert Arcamo, the officer-in-charge Regional Director of the Environmental Management Bureau in the Caraga Region (EMB-13), said this during the 4th Quarter WQMA board meeting on Friday to enhance the knowledge of the members of the board on water quality monitoring and surveillance.

Arcamo said every region in the country is mandated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to designate WQMA members.

“In Region 13, we chose the Taguibo River WQMA given that the river is the primary source of potable water of Butuan City,” he said.

The Taguibo River WQMA was created on December 28, 2012, via DENR Administrative Order No. 2012-11.

Among the objectives of the formation of Taguibo River WQMA is to ensure that the river continues to be a safe source of water supply for Butuan City and its communities.

Under the AO, Taguibo River WQMA is also mandated to ensure the maintenance of acceptable water quality in the river for the best interest of its stakeholders and user communities and to provide appropriate processes and procedures for the prevention, control, and abatement of water pollution in the said river system.

Arcamo said WQMA Caraga is composed of various stakeholders coming from the local government unit (LGU), barangay officials, the private sector, and government line agencies, including the Butuan City Water District (BCWD).

The BCWD, the main distribution agency of potable water for Butuan City, also joined the regular meeting on Friday.

From 700 service connections during the early part of its operations in 1974, the BCWD now has 50,331 active service connections as of June 2019 covering 59 barangays in Butuan City. PNA