Valuing water”, underscores this year’s observance of World Water Day on March 22. This theme aims to generate global attention on the importance of water and create a deeper understanding of how different people value this precious resource.

“Celebrating World Water Day is a reminder for us to value water for all its uses – for households, health, culture, agriculture, industries, and the environment”, says Regional Executive Director Tirso P. Parian, Jr. of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Region VIII.

 To promote the value of water and the advocacy of World Water Day, the DENR Regional Office in coordination with PENRO Leyte and CENRO Palo conducted a community education and public awareness activity (CEPA) for some barangay officials of Pastrana, Leyte. The CEPA highlighted the importance of the Binahaan Watershed as water source of the PrimeWater Leyte Metro, providing potable water to the municipalities of Pastrana, Santa Fe, Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Tabon-tabon, Dagami, and Tacloban City.

Director Parian said giving importance to water means valuing its natural sources and ecosystems, valuing water infrastructure and services, valuing water as an input to production and socio-economic activity, and valuing socio-cultural aspects of water.

“If we fail to see the value of water, we risk mismanaging this very important resource”, Director Parian stressed.

An international day to celebrate freshwater was recommended at the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED). The United Nations General Assembly responded by designating 22 March 1993 as the first World Water Day.