Bacuit Bay, on the other hand, is undergoing preparations for its establishment as WQMA
. EMB MIMAROPA has conducted this year four orientation meetings so far, on January 29, March 27, May 29, and recently last August 2, to orient stakeholders on the stages of establishing a WQMA
as well as the water quality status of Bacuit Bay.
Declaring a water body as a WQMA
beefs up protection initiatives as it requires management action by the local government and other stakeholders.
The CWA (Republic Act 9275) specifies the designation of certain areas as WQMA
using appropriate physiographic units such as watershed, river basins or water resources regions.
is an integrated water quality management system designed to protect and save bodies of water through collaborative efforts of respective stakeholders and government agencies.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) has named three more river systems as water quality management areas (WQMAs
), bringing to 37 the total number of water bodies under policies for protection.
She said the DENR's Policy Technical Working Group suggested to include areas covered by the proposed Boracay Critical Habitat in the proposed WQMA
in Boracay since its coverage is the whole island.
, an agency headed by the DENR with representatives from the National Water Resources Board, the offices of the governor and mayor, and village leaders as members, is tasked with protecting and improving the water quality of Lake Buhi under Republic Act No.
According to Cimatu, WQMA
is a significant tool in enforcing the country's clean water law.
Paje said the WQMA
designation would provide more teeth to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the local government, communities and other stakeholders to undertake control measures against pollution, water quality problems and development issues in Sabang Bay and Coron Bay.