Location



Area               : 1,503 sq. km.
Region           : VI
Provinces      : Iloilo
Towns/Cities : 27
Barangays      : 688
Outlet             : Iloilo Strait, Guimaras Strait
Est. Pop’n       : 742,647 (2010)
RBO                 : Jalaur Watershed Management Council
RDC Reso.       : RDC Reso No. 73 (s.2014)
Forestland       : 75.25 sq. km.
A&D                  : 1,427.75 sq. km.
NGP Area         : 52.33 sq. km. (as of October, 2015)

VISION

“An empowered community with sustainable sources of livelihood, enjoying basic social services, living in a clean environment; a disaster- resilient community adaptive to climate change.”

MISSION

“Sustainable and optimal development of the Jalaur River Basin resources through an integrated river basin management approach involving the participation of all stakeholders to improve their quality of life.”

GOALS

Sustainable Food Production
Climate Change- resilient Infrastructure Dev't.
Development of Empowerved Communities

CRITICAL WATERSHEDS

  1. Jalaur RiverWatershed
  2. Jalaur -Suage River Watershed

PROTECTED AREAS

  1. Jalaur Watershed Forest Reserve

ECOSYSTEM SERVICES

  • Est. available water: ~90,611 MCM*

  • Palay : 2,292,201 metric tons
  • Corn: 330,782 metric tons (Western Visayas, Based on 2012 data)
  • Agriculture: 79,500 ha

  • Gold (Cuartero, Maayon and Lemery
  • Manganese (Sara)
  • Iron (Roxas City)
  • Limestone (Tapaz)
  • Guano and Phosphate (Dumalag and Dumarao)

  • Grassland/Shrub Land: ~68,950 ha
  • Woodland: ~26,500 ha

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES AND PROBLEMS

  • Competing use of land for food production and urban development
  • Encroachment in water ways and public lands
  • Flooding and drought events due to climate change
  • Inadequate drainage systems
  • With areas prone to landslides and soil erosion
  • Lack of water control facilities, riverflow gauging stations and hydro-met stations
  • Low water use efficiency and no sewerage system
  • Groundwater and surface water pollution
  • Depletion of groundwater resources (aquifer) due to unregulated groundwater abstraction
  • Need to replace open dumpsites with sanitary landfills
  • Groundwater pollution due to leakage
  • Uncontrolled disposal of petro-chemical products
STRATEGIES

  • Construction of Sewage/Septage Treatment Plants
  • Provision of Flood Forecasting and Warning Devices
  • Construction/Implementation of Domestic Water Supply
  • Jalaur River Multipurpose Project II
  • Rainforestation and Reforestation
  • Construction of Solid Waste System
  • Riverbank Stabilization

River Basin Organization

Jalaur Watershed Management Council


FUNCTIONS OF THE COUNCIL
► Organizing, Council Strengthening of Sub-watershed Councils
► Watershed divide delineation and mapping
► Partnership with DENR, NGOs, DILG, DA, DPWH
► Watershed Score cards
► Established/ Presence of Sub-basin Councils