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Chico River in the Cordillera. Photo Source: Google

To ensure safe, secure water supply, and climate resiliency for the mountain indigenous communities in the Cordillera Region, the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP) funds a two-year program under its National Integrated Basic Research Agenda’s (NIBRA) priority area --- Water Security or TUBIG Program (Tubig ay Buhayin at Ingatan).

Titled, “Ensuring Water Security and Climate-Resilience for Mountain Indigenous Communities of the Cordillera through Technology-enhanced Decision Support Tools,” the program intends to address water woes, water scarcity during dry season, and low water quality during rainy season, thus bring about sufficient, clean and safe domestic water supply in mountain communities.

The two projects under this program which started on January 1, 2021 are: Project 1. Safe and Secure Water Supply for Mountain Indigenous People, led by Engr. Epiphania B. Magwilang of Mountain Province State Polytechnic College; and Project 2. DANUM - Decision Support and Nurturing Management of Watersheds, led by Nathaniel Vincent A. Lubrica of University of the Cordilleras (UC), and both are members of NRCP Division of Engineering and Industrial Research.

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ThProject 1 team conducts initial assessment and appraisal of the community water sources.

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The Project 2 team conducts interviews, data collection, and fieldworks.

The program team has started their data collection and fieldworks. They collected data through interviews, and maps were generated by utilizing the image captured by drone during the fieldwork. The collected information are inputs for the Decision Support System.

It will provide local government units (LGUs) and key stakeholders the necessary data and information to support decisions and pronouncements relating to water resources development for water supply that are more resilient to climate change and climate variability. Likewise, a technology-enhanced information and decision support system for the conservation of the rivers and watersheds of the Cordilleras will be made available.  

This program is in partnership with the Department of Science and Technology-Cordillera Administrative Region (DOST-CAR) and is expected to be completed on December 2022.