ILIGAN CITY (PIA) — The city government of Iligan partnered with the Mindanao State University – Iligan Institute of Technology (MSU-IIT) to conduct a two-day Water Dialogue that gathered multi-sectoral stakeholders to address the perennial problem of water scarcity and find an immediate solution to the problem.

Almost half of the barangays in the city are facing water problems that they have been dealing with for a long time. For years, residents only get a small drip of water while others had to fetch water from the nearby deep well.

“We believe , there is no problem with sources sa distribution lines medyo problematic na mao nang naa ta karon kay ato jud tan-awon ug unsa ang main problem para masolusyonan kining prblema,” said Jules Verne Padilla, executive assistant ad chief of staff, of LGU Iligan.

[We believe, there is no problem with water sources. The distribution lines are problematic. So we are here to look at the main problem to solve it.]

Various local government unit (LGU) offices, industries, government agencies such as the National Economic Development Authority and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, and other stakeholders joined in the said dialogue.

“This dialogue envisions to provide opportunities form a wide range of idead and short and long term solutions to these problems and strategies para we can discuss implications for the water management in Iligan City and come up with clear recommendations for policy making in the future,” said Rosario Reserva, director, MSU-IIT’s Department of Extension and focal person for LGU matters.

Moreover, the project lead and Chair of Water Dialogue’s design team, Sittie Pasandalan said that bridging leadership is used as a framework for the dialogue. She said that they use a multi-sectoral approach in addressing the issue of water by not relying on the local government unit but by gathering the input of the people. (LELA/PIA-10-Lanao del Norte)