DPWH to build rainwater collectors to fight climate change

The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) will construct rainwater collector system (RWCS) in public facilities to mitigate the effects of climate change.


(Photo: DPWH)

DPWH Sec. Manuel M. Bonoan directed the agency’s regional and district engineering offices to prepare the list of areas that need to be provided with RWCS.

Bonoan explained that the RWCS will be provided for government schools and offices, public markets, and rural health facilities to address issues on water supply and flooding.

“A total amount of P582.9 million has been allocated this year for the construction of RWCS nationwide which is included in the agency’s INFRAgenda 2028 or the Performance Governance System (PGS) Strategic Plan for 2023-2028 that aims to deliver three outputs including the protection of lives and properties from natural disasters,” the DPWH noted.

Bonoan pointed out that the rainy season and the threat of El Niño “increase the demand to build disaster-resilient infrastructure that will be beneficial in harvesting rainwater intended for agriculture, commercial, and domestic use.”

“Proposed funds that will be released are as follows: P28.02 million for the National Capital Region; P30.83 million for Ilocos Region; P36.43 million for the Cordillera Administrative Region; P33.63 million for Cagayan Valley Region; P44.84 million for Central Luzon,” the DPWH said.

“P47.64 million for Calabarzon; P25.22 million for Mimaropa; P47.64 million each for the Bicol Region and Western Visayas; P44.84 million for Central Visayas; P42.04 million for Eastern Visayas; P30.83 million for Zamboanga Peninsula; P39.23 million for Northern Mindanao; P30.83 million for Davao Region; P25.22 million for Soccsksargen; and P28.02 million for Caraga,” it added.