RDC MIMAROPA in partnership with Philippine Water Partnership (PWP) spearheaded the conduct of Mindoro Island Water Summit 2012 on October 25, 2012 at UP Hotel-Diliman, Quezon City. Dubbed as “Water Security for the Island”, the water summit aimed: (1) to raise awareness on the island’s challenges and issues on water; (2) to understand and solicit comments on the on-going and planned initiatives on water resource management; (3) to prioritize and coordinate projects; (4) to generate inputs on integrated water resource management in Mindoro; and (5) to come up with a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two governors of Mindoro.
Despite the Typhoon Ofel that cancelled sea transportations, more than 100 representatives from LGUs, private sectors and non-government organizations from Oriental and Occidental Mindoro attended the summit. Also present were Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr. of Oriental M indoro, Cong Rey Umali and representatives from various regional line agencies. Gov. Josephine R. Sato of Occidental Mindoro was scheduled to attend but was stranded in Lubang Island due to typhoon.
After the presentations of the Mindoro water situationer, five (5) break out groups were formed to thresh out issues along irrigations, hydro power, flood control, domestic use, sanitation and sewerage, and watershed environment solid waste. Among the major observations that need to be addressed were generation of water related data, synchronization of island wide activities, completion of updated Comprehensive Land Use Plans (CLUPs), watershed protection, conflicting uses of water, roles of the private sector and compliance monitoring of environmental laws. NEDA MIMAROPA served as the convenor and secretariat of the activity. The Summit ended with all participants pledging support to the Mindoro Island Water Resource Declaration.