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Local Policy and Water Access in Baguio City, Philippines

Local Policy and Water Access in Baguio City, Philippines
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Author(s): Lorelei C. Mendoza (University of the Philippines Baguio, Baguio, Philippines), Gladys A. Cruz (University of the Philippines Baguio, Baguio, Philippines), Alejandro N. Ciencia (University of the Philippines Baguio, Baguio, Philippines) and Maileenita A. Penalba (University of the Philippines Baguio, Baguio, Philippines)
Copyright: 2020
Volume: 11
Issue: 1
Pages: 13
Source title: International Journal of Social Ecology and Sustainable Development (IJSESD)
Editor(s)-in-Chief: Elias G. Carayannis (George Washington University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/IJSESD.2020010101

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Abstract

This article focuses on how water users perceive the state of water security and their concerns about water resources in Baguio City using survey data from 300 poor households. The financial and social aspects of the poor household's access to potable water are described before features of the Baguio Water Code on drinking water quality, water permits and groundwater extraction, and rainwater harvesting are tackled. The high expectations that accompanied the approval of this breakthrough legislation to address the city's long-standing water problems which were only partially met as the key provision on water permits remains unimplemented. Drinking water quality and rainwater harvesting have had some success in implementation. Still more needs to be done through measures that rely on the partnership of the local water utility and the city government offices in order to respond to the need of poor households for clean water.

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