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Philippines - Water Resources Development Project (English)

Ratings for the Water Resources Development project for Philippines were as follows: the outcome was satisfactory, the sustainability was likely, the institutional development impact was modest, and the Bank and borrower performance were both satisfactory. Lessons learned from the project: Water resources management remains a priority of the national government and will continue to be an important element in the country's development strategy. The success of any irrigation management transfer (IMT) initiative must include skills and technical capacity-building for farmers especially in aspects of irrigation modernization, monitoring and evaluation, operations and maintenance, and funds management. Uniform IMT policies applied to all systems, regardless of funding sources, lead to effective overall management of irrigation systems. Watershed management can be effective if activities and investments are linked to local priorities, make use of local knowledge and experiences, and are oriented towards an ecosystem approach. Accurate information and a complete data base significantly contribute to sound decision-making, networking, and planning. A key factor that contributes to the success of any IWRM effort is the strong partnership among the different agencies and sectors involved in water resource management. Undertaking a long-term programmatic approach at the national and local levels will ensure and sustain the positive impacts of IMT. Effective watershed management requires a highly participative and "bottom-up" approach that begins with multi-sectoral consultations, planning, priority setting, implementation and monitoring and evaluation with technical guidance from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

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Philippines - Water Resources Development Project (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group. http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/818331468094776832/Philippines-Water-Resources-Development-Project