Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson, together with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Safe Water Group, and other stakeholders attended the Pause and Reflect Session held in Bacolod City recently.
The activity was related to the partnership between USAID and the provincial government of Negros Occidental on the technical assistance of Safe Water, in preparing the Provincial Integrated Water Security Plan (PIWSP), a local water security roadmap that espouses the development principles and strategies of the Philippine Water Supply and Sanitation Master Plan.
The governor thanked the USAID for its commitment to the shared goal of a water-secure future and improved well-being of households in water-stressed communities in the province, a press release from the Capitol said.
The PIWSP is anchored on Safe Water’s integrated and inclusive water security framework which focuses on water supply and sanitation services.
According to Safe Water, it can help Negros Occidental achieve water security through increased access to resilient water supply and sanitation services, improved water resources management, and strengthened water sector governance.
USAID and Negros Occidental have signed a memorandum of understanding November last year, that aimed to strengthen the water security in the province.
Through the Safe Water project, the USAID will provide technical assistance to help communities in the province gain reliable access to clean water.
Lacson said the Pause and Reflect Method conducted is an invaluable tool to learn from feedback, to identify the best practices and the not so effective ones, and to build a team approach and build the team morale to increase the likelihood of success.
The activity was attended by Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz, USAID SW Project Group chief of party, Alma Porcuincula, deputy chief of party Jim Oprecio, resource mobilization specialist, Doreen Erfe, water resource management specialist Bien Dolom, resilient water supply and sanitation specialist, Ariel Lapus, Jojo Fajardo – site technical manager Negros, and Justin Briones, water resource management officer, among others.*