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Friday, January 15, 2010


In compliance with President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo's order to all government agencies to prepare for the coming El Niño phenomenon, the Department of Public Works and Highways intensifies its activities on rainwater conservation.

DPWH Secretary Victor Domingo said that in order to conserve the supply of water, the DPWH Task Groups for Rainwater Conservation will check and monitor the installation of rainwater impounding tanks in all DPWH regional and district engineering offices.

Headed by DPWH Undersecretary Rafael C. Yabut, the Task Group for Rainwater conservation was created last March 2009 in compliance with Executive Order No. 774 also known as Reorganizing Task Force on Climate Change.

" In National Capital Region our district engineering offices has already installed the water tanks to collect rainwater which will be used in concrete cement mixing, equipment cleaning, roadside maintenance works and to water roadside ornamental plants" Yabut said.

Meanwhile, Secretary Domingo, who is also the Chairman of the Manila Waterworks and Sewerage System, also said that they are now forming a technical team that will check all existing dams and plug leaks, if any before summer to prevent seepage.

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