Law on water security is Noy Defensor’s first bill

Congressman Lorenz Noy Defensor

First term Ilonggo congressman Lorenz ‘Noy’ Defensor of Iloilo 3rd District is filing a bill that envisions a law to ensure sufficient water supply on a sustainable basis for the Filipinos.

“This is among my priority bills when Congress opens sessions on July 22,” Defensor told a local radio station interview in Iloilo City early today.

Defensor noted the prevailing shortage not only of potable water supply in urban centers but the worsening scarcity as well of water particularly for agriculture in rural areas during dry seasons.

“We have to find new sources of water and we need to build the corresponding infrastructures to maximize use of this resource,” Defensor explained even as he pointed out that the country had obviously been lagging behind in the construction and development of water supply facilities for quite some time.

He said the bill would propose the creation of a ‘Department of Water Resources’ as a separate entity to oversee the roadmap for water security and sustainability. (HilwayNews)

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