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DCWD’s 1st Water Convention at MapúaMCM

MapúaMCMxDCWD: kNOWing More About H20 at Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao


In celebration of the Water Consciousness Month of November, Davao City Water District (DCWD) in partnership with Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao (MapúaMCM), Department of Science and Technology and  Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS) Inc., conducted DCWD’s 1st Water Convention with the theme: “kNOW H20” on November 21, 2019 at the MapúaMCM Auditorium. 

The convention was attended by various schools within Davao City — particularly Sta. Ana National High School, Davao City National High School, Ateneo de Davao University, Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School, Christian Colleges of Southeast Asia, Davao Christian High School, and of course students from Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao. The event highlighted an array of research presentations concerning three main topics: Watershed protection and management, Water treatment, and Water conservation. 10 expert researchers were invited to showcase their presentations to groups of participants and observers. 

The event began with an Exhibit Ribbon Cutting, officially opening up the booths that showcased all the 10 research abstracts for the participants’ review. Thereafter, a welcome message was delivered by Dr. Gernelyn T. Logrosa, the Head of MapúaMCM’s Office for Research, Development and Innovation, on behalf of Engr. Dodjie Maestrecampo, External Vice President of Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao.  

“We are excited because events like this is in-line with our core value of relevance… In 20 years, you (the students) would be the next to take the lead in water related research, development, and innovation. You will soon be the forerunners in how to best protect our watersheds, and manage our water resources.”

The rationale of the convention was then presented to us by Ms. Jovana Cresta Duhaylungsod of DCWD on behalf of Engr. Edwin V. Regalado who points out the importance of discussing research in the areas of watershed protection, treatment and conservation. 

“These researches help us see the bigger picture to understand issues and concerns pertaining to water and help increase public awareness on the importance of protecting our water resources. Kasi ang daling sabihin, “ensure water safety”, but ang hirap gawin.”

A Message was then presented by Engr. Albert Samuela, ASEAN Engineer Director of Marketing of Nalco Water. He shared their perspective on how the industrial sector can contribute in water related concerns by providing solutions, their role in addressing water scarcity and the barriers in implementing aggressive actions to optimize water, along with the importance of smart water management and looking at the end to end use of our water. 

The Research presentations for the morning began with topics on Watershed Protection and Management. Engr. Ruby Jane S. Roas, Technical Engineer – Process and Environmental of Apo Agua Infrastructure, presented her research entitled ‘Panigan-Tamugan Integrated Watershed Development and Management Plan’. Then, Dr. Anthony C. Sales, Regional Director of DOST XI, presented a sustainability science research entitled Demonstration Site on ‘Enhancing Resilience to Disasters of Urban Water Systems of Mindanao’ in the Philippines. Ms. Rochelle C. Coronel of Ateneo de Davao University presented a study on ‘Numerical Simulations of Heavy Rainfall and Streamflow in the Talomo Watershed: A Baseline study for the Development of a Numerical Weather Prediction-based Flood Forecasting System for Davao City’. Mr. Rick Laurence T. Inting of Ateneo de Davao University presented a study on ‘Land Use and Geomorphological Challenges in Tapping the Panigan-Tamugan Watershed’; and Mr. Frederick E. Paler of Bantayo Aweg showcased his research on ‘Community-Based Water Quality Monitoring in Panigan-Tamugan Watershed’. 

The Afternoon research presentations commenced with Water Treatment-related studies such as Ms. Ludivina M. Porticos’ presentation on the ‘Assessment of the extent of implementation of standards and procedures for water safety in the Philippines (2018 version)’; Hydie R. Maspiñas, Manager of the DCWD Water Quality Division, on the ‘Implementation of Water Safety Plans for Two Peri-Urban Indigenous People Communities in Southern Philippines (WS4IP)’; Hannah Sheen T. Lopez of Davao City National High School on the ‘Reduction of Coliforms and Escherichia Coli Using Saluyot (Corchorus olitorius) Leaf Extract as Flocculant in Turbid Water of Davao River’; and Engr. Meryl Mae C. Rodriguez of Mapúa Malayan Colleges Mindanao with her study on ‘Wastewater Supply Demand Analysis in a Typical School Environment for the Predesign Inputs of a Treatment Facility’.

Lastly, the study under Water Conservation — ‘Assessment of Rainwater Harvesting Systems of Establishments in Davao City’ — was presented by EnP. Lemuel Lloyd I. Manalo of Interfacing Development Interventions for Sustainability (IDIS) Inc.

Every after one set of research topics have been discussed under a particular theme, the stage is then prepared for a Reaction panel and Open Forum wherein students and other professionals under this area of research can promptly react and answer questions about the studies and topics that were mentioned. 

2 intermission numbers were also performed in between research themes to refresh and excite the crowd – our very own Malayan Dance Company came to impress with their own energy-pumping routine. 

The convention came to a close after the final reaction panel and open forum ended and helped answer various questions and concerns on water conservation, smart management and what our students – as the youth of today – can do to help in keeping our water resources clean, healthy and abundant for future generations to come. 

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Exhibit Ribbon Cutting with Researchers and Heads.
Dr. Gernelyn T. Logrosa delivering a Welcome Message.
MCM students gathered around one of the research booths.
Dr. Anthony Sales, Regional Director of DOST XI, presenting his research.
Davao Christian High School student participants during the event.