Provincial Integrated Water Security Program

The Provincial Integrated Water Security Program is an initiative of the Provincial Government aimed at safeguarding water resources and ensuring adequate safe water for its people & ecosystems.

Through increased access of underserved or unserved communities to safe water supply & sanitation services and more sustainable management of water resources to meet the current and future human, economic, and ecosystem needs of Negrenses.

Why should we protect
our Watersheds?

Ecosystem

Improve water source management to ensure sustainable water supply.

Rehabilitation

Watersheds in our country have undergone massive changes over the years; some are degraded and need to be rehabilitated.

Disasters

Excess runoff can cause flood and erosion during heavy rainfall. Floods affect 22% and 65% of the land areas in Negros Occidental and Bacolod City.

Watershed Forest

The forest cover of watersheds are decreasing annually by about 1,500 hectares.

Security Framework

A five-year (2019-2024) technical assistance project that aims to improve water security for vulnerable and underserved communities in Negros Occidental, Palawan and Sarangani. Safe Water, in providing assistance to Provincial Government of Negros Occidental adopts the Integrated & Inclusive Framework in crafting coherent solutions for ensuring water security which is defined as adequate services for all & sustainable resources.

01

Increased Access to Resilient Water Supply and Sanitation Services

Upstream stewardship contributes to downstream access to water and sanitation services through resilient  water service providers supported by responsive LGUs. Household and private sector water consumers support a clean and green environment through responsible wastewater management.

02

Improved Water Resource Management

Sustainable water resources availability originates upstream, as processes drive change in the watershed. Active watershed and river basin organizations play a key role in water quality and quantity.

03

Strengthened WAter Sector Governance

Good water governance underpins the enabling environment for water security, with government agencies enabling service expansion through new policies, regulatory reforms and strategic investments.

Water Supply Access

0%

UNIMPROVED

unprotected source of
water

0%

LIMITED

with access to water supply but takes 30 minutes to collect water

0%

BASIC

improved source where water source collection is less than 30 minutes

0%

SAFELY MANAGED

improved water source located on premises; free from contamination

Sanitation Services

0%

open defecation

no toilet facilities

0%

unimproved

pit / hanging / bucket
latrines

0%

limited

hygienically separates human waste from human contact and shared by 2 or more households

0%

basic

use of improved facilities not shared with other households

How Safe Water Project Can Help

With the use of baseline and hydrologic studies, the project introduces a more evidence-based approach to coherent policy setting, planning and allocation of investments for watershed management councils. To support upland communities conserve forests. Safe Water also works with private sector partners to develop sustainable livelihoods and engage communities in forest protection. The project is also developing innovative financing for watershed management such as Payment for Ecosystem Services.

Reversing the Decline Scenario

Local actions can focus on intensifying forest protection and conservation by targeting reforestation and enrichment planting in recharge areas of these watersheds.

The
Challenges

Limited access to water supply and sanitation services. Limited capacity of water infrastructure. High Non-Revenue Water (NRW)

Threats to Water Security

Flooding

12.69% of Negros Occidental land area are flood prone affecting an estimated
498, 462 people.

deforestation

With the compounding impact of climate change, can deplete water resources, threatening the long-term sustainability of the province's water supply.

water scarcity

Of the availability water in the province, onu 7% is ground water and water availability for Bacolod City is severly scarce.

What Has Been Done

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