President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. (File photo)

MANILA – President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. is studying a proposal to adopt an Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) program for the country.

“This program is an approach to promote the coordinated development and management of water, land, and related resources to maximize economic and social welfare without compromising our ecosystem,” the Office of the President said on its official Facebook page.

Marcos concurrently serves as Secretary of the Department of Agriculture.

In his first State of the Nation Address on July 25, the President urged Congress to pass a measure creating a Department of Water Resources.

He said the proposed IWRM will be adopted as the strategic framework for national water management, policymaking, and planning once the department is created.

Marcos also said he wanted the government to look into the fresh water supply situation in the country, especially in urban areas.

He noted that many of the country’s water supply systems date back to the 1950s and must now be rehabilitated and improved.

The President has instructed the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the Department of Public Works and Highways to explore possible partnerships with the private sector to address this crucial situation. (PNA)