To improve the water resource planning, management, and regulation in the whole Pampanga River Basin, a Philippine delegation headed by FASPS Director Al Orolfo was sent to South Korea to undergo a training program in water resource management. He was accompanied by the staff of the National Water Resources Board (NWRB) and River Basin Control Office (RBCO).
The training program formed part of capacity building component of the project Integrated Water Resource Management Information System (IWRMIS) for Pampanga River Basin, which is funded by the Korean International Cooperation Agency (KOICA). Now on its second phase of implementation, the project intends to reinforce the real-time hydrometric observation network by installing new observatories and integrating with existing ones in the river basin, to build a master database that comprises all the necessary information for water resources management, and to develop decision support tools for NWRB’s efficient, effective, and timely water resources management.
K-Water Academy, a water-specialized public company based in Daejeon City, South Korea served as the training provider. Among the courses offered during the training were an introduction to the Water Resource Management in Korea, understanding of data management for IWRMIS, management and utilization of hydrological data, appreciation of Digital Twin Water Management Platforms, and national water resources planning. Topping off the training were visits to the water management facilities in Korea. (FASPS/ Alliah Delgado)