CBRMC, JWA partner to solve Cagayan floods

IT is all systems go for the Cagayan River Basin Management Council (CBRMC) which will be supported by the Japan Water Agency (JWA), which will significantly address flooding in Region 2 (Cagayan Valley).

Earlier this month, CBRMC Co-Chair and Governor Isabela Rodito Albano and JWA Representative Akinobu Nishida, also General Manager of International Affairs and Head of Toshiro Suzuki’s Investigation Team, formalized their partnership in a Memorandum of Understanding at the Stakeholder Forum. on Integrated Flood Risk Management in the Cagayan River Basin at the Hotel Zen in the city of Santiago, Isabela.

He was assisted by the President of Isabela State University (ISU), Dr. Ricmar Aquino, and Professor Tetsuya Sumi of Kyoto University (KU). ISU and KU are the main proponents of the collaborative enterprise.

JWA and the CRBMC have multi-sectoral stakeholders, including 13 main national government agencies; various state universities and colleges; provincial, municipal and municipal government units; and representatives of the private sector and civil society groups.

JWA is committed to the development and management of water resources in Japan’s seven river systems that affect more than half of the country’s total population. Through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), JWA sends experts in water resources development and management, disaster management and irrigation to many parts of the world.

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Albano said the MoU between CRBMC and JWA aims to establish a partnership in conducting collaborative activities and projects on flood and sedimentation management in the Cagayan River Basin and Magat Dam in Ramon, Isabella.

“JWA sends experts through JICA in water resources development and management, disaster management and irrigation to many parts of the world,” Albano said.

“CRMBC and JWA will champion and adapt the Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) approach in river basin development and management and promote knowledge sharing and exchange of information and experiences between organizations of river basin across Asia,” he added.

During the forum and the signing of the MoU, Albano pointed out that the Cagayan River basin and the province of Isabela will benefit a lot from the presentation, study and interventions of Japanese experts.

“With this, it would also be a good take off to collaboratively and coordinated review of Magat Dam protocols to fill any gaps, gaps or missing links,” he said.

Nishida also expounded on the concepts of integrated water resources management for river basins, while introducing the role of JWA in improving people’s lives and its impact on economic development.

He also highlighted the concept of IWRM in response to increasing pressures on water resource allocations from various users, recognition of ecosystem needs, pollution and risk of water availability due to climate change.

Meanwhile, Sumi explained various plans for Japan-Philippines collaboration in the Cagayan River Basin, highlighting several projects between 2020 and 2025, challenges of dams in the 21st century, transfer of dam assets to the next generation, Dam flood control situation in Japan and pre-release. operating practices.

He said Japan will proactively contribute to the solution of water-related social issues facing the Asia-Pacific region.

“This is done by developing quality infrastructure by capitalizing on Japan’s advanced technologies and public-private partnerships and by encouraging digitalization and innovation to solve social problems as a growth engine for sustainable development and building a resilient society and economy,” Sumi said.

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