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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



22 March 2023 07:10:01 PM

The House of Representatives on Wednesday launched its latest publication entitled “Laws, Executive Issuances and Jurisprudence on Water Resources (1901-2022),” to serve as a reference tool for policy research on water.
Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez, whose message was read by Special Committee on Strategic Intelligence and Davao de Oro Rep. Maria Carmen Zamora, saw the book launching as “a crucial step towards fully implementing our laws and allowing our people to take part in our efforts for the preservation of our country’s water resources. It is our hope that this collaboration spearheaded by the LIRMD and LAD will open up more discussions and interests in the topic and therefore promote public participation.”
Rep. Romualdez is a principal author of House Bill 21, proposing the “National Framework for Water Resource Management and Creating the Department of Water Resources and the Water Regulatory Commission”, along with Speaker Ferdinand Martin Romualdez and Tingog Party-list Rep. Jude Acidre.
House Secretary General Reginald Velasco expressed confidence that the compendium of “Laws, Executive Issuances and Jurisprudence on Water Resources” will be an invaluable resource to many, a humble contribution to e-governance, and a testament to how the House of the People provides comprehensive, innovative and environmentally-responsible services.
Legislative Information Resource Management Department (LIRMD) Deputy Secretary General (DSG) Dr. Edgardo Pangilinan, Ph.D., explained that the compendium of is designed to provide lawmakers as well as policy implementors, analysts, scholars, private sector stakeholders, and the public with a more comprehensive material that may be reference of various aspects of governance. “The compendium illustrates the strength of collaboration in raising the quality of public services,” DSG Pangilinan said
The compendium is a collaborative effort of the LIRMD and the Legal Affairs Department (LAD).
LAD DSG Atty. Annalou Nachura said the special collaboration between the LIRMD and LAD harnessed the skills, talents, and passions of their people to produce the primarily digital interactive publication.
DSG Pangilinan shared that compendia of laws, executive issuances and jurisprudence on disaster management and education are also among the LIRMD’s pipelined projects. The LIRMD will also be collaborating with the Committee Affairs Department and the Legislative Operations Department for these projects.
“With the support, motivation and inspiration we get from Speaker Romualdez, Committee on Accounts Chair Rep. Yedda Marie Romualdez and Secretary General Velasco, we are confident that we can achieve greater heights In providing legislative support services in the House of the People,” he said.

Attendees to the event included Deputy Speaker Isidro Ungab of Davao City, Deputy Majority Leader and Iloilo Rep. Lorenz Defensor, Tingog Party-list Rep. Jude Acidre, Bukidnon Reps. Jonathan Keith Flores and Laarni Roque. Stakeholders from other government agencies, such as those from the Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA), Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS), National Water Resources Board (NWRB), Local Water Utilities Administration (LWUA), Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Agriculture (DA) also attended the book launching.