Ilocos Sur to tap rivers, creeks vs drought


To address a looming water crisis in 2015, the Ilocos Sur Provincial Government is now eyeing the use of rivers and creeks as sources of water for crops, fisheries and livestock. The idea is to use small water impounding systems or mini-dams that can provide farmers with enough water during the dry season. Provincial Board Member Pablito Sanidad Jr. said the development of water collection facilities in Vigan and Candon cities and in 32 towns is now the province’s top priority. “We have an initial funding ready for the program of work to be sourced from the 20 percent development fund from the internal revenue allotment share of the province,” Sanidad said. He added that the provincial government will also rehabilitate “polluted and dried up” creeks and rivers so “we can optimize the utilization of the series of impounding facilities for a more significant and sustainable economic development of farmers and fisherfolks in upstream municipalities.”


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  1. Well, at least, the officials of Ilocos Sur are using their brains unlike their counterpart in the north.