The IRR of the Water Code was amended in 2005 per NWRB Res. No. 009-0305 issued on March 21, 2005. With the call from the Administration to streamline the processes in all government agencies, there is a need to amend specific provisions of the IRR of the Water Code relevant to the processing of WPAs. The proposal is for the reduction in the requirements and the processing time of all applications, from the submission to release, from 4-6 months (normal situation/no protest filed) to 2 months. It is NWRB’s commitment for the first 100 days of Pres. Duterte’s administration.
Specifically, the following amendments are proposed:
- Publication in newspaper of general circulation instead of posting;
- Reduction of the prescribed time after publication for filing of protest from 30 days to 15 days;
- Use of the NWRB website, emails and SMS to communicate with the applicants aside from registered mail; and
- Limitation of the ECC requirement - ECC/CNC shall not be included in the documentary requirements for minor projects (e.g. Levels 1 & 2 water system service and communal irrigation systems)