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Water supply and demand are key factors in discussing scarcity of potable water. Strategies addressing water resources problems are taken into consideration side-by-side the numerous national laws, policies, standards, and guidelines in addressing water quality control and management. Nevertheless, how do we combat the potential threats and pollution hotspots brought about by the various health and environmental impacts attributed to the water system accessibility, distribution, and quality?

 During the Mindanao Regional Policy Forum last May 12, 2022, Regular Member of NRCP Chemical Sciences Division, Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, dissected her research findings on the funded project titled, “Assessment of the Impacts of Climate Change and Water Resources Use and Management on the Hydrology of Lake Lanao Watersheds”. This is the third episode of May Magandang Bukas sa Pagtuklas which surfaces science-based information to support formulation of plans and programs, and to disseminate basic research results to the public.

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In photo: Dr. Patricia Ann J. Sanchez, NRCP Regular Member of Chemical Sciences Division

Dr. Sanchez mentioned that in averting the water crisis in Lanao del Norte, it is important to estimate the effect of climate change scenarios on water supply and characterize the present state, trends and challenges in water resources management. She cited that effective management of water resources requires comprehensive understanding of the interrelations between the different factors that influence catchment behavior and the resulting water yields.

The talk show proceeded as Mr. Ramon Serapio, Head of PENRO Lanao del Norte expressed his gratitude to Dr. Sanchez and her team for generating research results vital to the identification of policy options to preclude water crisis in the lakes of Lanao del Norte.

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In photo: Mr. Ramon Serapio, Head of PENRO Lanao del Norte

The episode ended with Dr. Marieta Bañez Sumagaysay promoting the Council as an advisory body to government in order to address problems and issues of national interest. It may be noted that the Council likewise promotes scientific and technological culture to all sectors of society; and fosters linkages with local and international scientific organizations for enhanced cooperation in the development and sharing of information.

The policy forum was participated by 227 participants (73.3% female and 26.7% male) from different institutions (Venus Abigail Gutierez, SRS I).

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In photo: Zoom Participants of Mindanao Policy Forum

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