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Securing WPA

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* Location - to determine if the source is situated in an area:
+ which is critical
+ with adequate supply of water from water service provider

* Purpose
+ provide appropriate list of requirements
+ determine the amount of filing fee

* Citizenship
+ For persons - citizen of the Philippines
+ For corporations - majority of stockholdres are Filipinos (60/40)

*Source
+ Ground Water
+ Surface water


Checklist of Requirements
Documentary Requirements (To be complied with by applicants)

All applications shall be filed in the prescribed form, sworn to by the applicants and supported by the following documents:

a. Water Permit for Municipal Use

1. Proof of land ownership of, legal title to, or right to use, the property where the water source is situated;

2. Certificate of Registration from relevant agencies i.e Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cooperative and Development Authority (CDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including Corporate Secretary’s Certification on present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder

3. Certificate of Conformance from LWUA (for Water Districts only);

4. Certificate of Registration (if Barangay Waterworks Association, Rural Waterworks and Sanitation Association);

5. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;

6. Subdivision Plan (if applicable);

7. Well Drilling Data (in case of existing groundwater source authenticated by the well driller) including Physical and Chemical analysis of water;

8. Sangguniang Bayan/Regional Development Council endorsement (for LGU-managed water supply facilities);

9. Environmental Compliance Certificate (for projects considered as Environmentally Critical Projects or projects located in Environmentally Critical Areas) or Certificate of Non-Coverage from DENR -Regional Office; and

10. Such other documents that may be required by the Board

b. Water Permit for Irrigation Use

1. Proof of land ownership of, legal title to, or right to use, the property where the water source is situated;

1.a For irrigators association, a certification from the municipal assessor on the list of farmer with corresponding irrigable area in hectares

2. Certificate of Registration from relevant agencies i.e Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cooperative and Development Authority (CDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including Corporate Secretary’s Certification on present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;

3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;

4. General layout of the system, including delineation of area indicating hectarage for which water will be used and adjoining lands and their corresponding owners duly indicated relative to the point of diversion;

5. Well Drilling Data (in case of existing groundwater source);

6. Environmental Compliance Certificate (for projects considered as Environmentally Critical Projects or projects located in Environmentally Critical Areas) or Certificate of Non-Coverage from DENR -Regional Office; and

7. Such other documents that may be required by the Board.

c. Water Permit for Power Generation

1. Proof of land ownership of, legal title to, or right to use, the property where the water source is situated;

2. Certificate of Registration from relevant agencies i.e Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cooperative and Development Authority (CDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including Corporate Secretary’s Certification on present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;

3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;

4. Brief Description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, power to be generated, etc.;

5. Environmental Compliance Certificate (for projects considered as Environmentally Critical Projects or projects located in Environmentally Critical Areas) or Certificate of Non-Coverage from DENR-Regional Office; and

6. Certificate of Registration from DOE and Certificate of Indorsement.

7. Such other documents that may be required by the Board.

d. Water Permit for Industrial Use

1. Proof of land ownership of, legal title to, or right to use, the property where the water source is situated;

2. Certificate of Registration from relevant agencies i.e Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cooperative and Development Authority (CDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including Corporate Secretary’s Certification on present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;

3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;

4. Brief Description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, etc.;

5. Well Drilling Data (in case of existing groundwater source);

6. Environmental Compliance Certificate (for projects considered as Environmentally Critical Projects or projects located in Environmentally Critical Areas) or Certificate of Non-Coverage from DENR-Regional Office.; and

7. Such other documents that may be required by the Board.

e. Water Permit for Fisheries

1. Proof of land ownership of, legal title to, or right to use, the property where the water source is situated;

2. Certificate of Registration from relevant agencies i.e Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cooperative and Development Authority (CDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including Corporate Secretary’s Certification on present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;

3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;

4. Brief Description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, etc.;

5. Well Drilling Data (in case of existing groundwater source);

6. Environmental Compliance Certificate (for projects considered as Environmentally Critical Projects or projects located in Environmentally Critical Areas) or Certificate of Non-Coverage from DENR -Regional Office.

7. Clearance from existing dam/reservoir operated by NIA, NPC and other government entities (for fisheries located upstream not within said existing dam/reservoir); and

8. Such other documents that may be required by the Board.

f. Water Permit for Other Uses (Recreation, Commercial, Memorial Park, etc.)

1. Proof of land ownership of, legal title to, or right to use, the property where the water source is situated;

2. Certificate of Registration from relevant agencies i.e Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cooperative and Development Authority (CDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including Corporate Secretary’s Certification on present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;

3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;

4. Brief Description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, etc.;

5. Well Drilling Data (in case of existing groundwater source);

6. Certificate of Potability (including Physical and Chemical Analysis of water); (if applicable);

7. Environmental Compliance Certificate (for projects considered as Environmentally Critical Projects or projects located in Environmentally Critical Areas) or Certificate of Non-Coverage from DENR-Regional Office;

8. Such other documents that may be required by the Board.

g. Water Permit for Livestock Raising

1. Proof of land ownership of, legal title to, or right to use, the property where the water source is situated;

2. Certificate of Registration from relevant agencies i.e Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Cooperative and Development Authority (CDA), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) with Articles of Incorporation (for Corporation or Association) including Corporate Secretary’s Certification on present capital structure stating the citizenship and the number of shares of each stockholder;

3. Vicinity Map/Location Plan with scale 1:10,000 or 1:50,000 showing the exact location of the point of diversion;

4. Well Drilling Data (in case of existing groundwater source);

5. Brief Description of the project stating among others, how water will be used, amount of water needed, etc.

6. Environmental Compliance Certificate (for projects considered as Environmentally Critical Projects or projects located in Environmentally Critical Areas) or Certificate of Non-Coverage from DENR-Regional Office; and

7. Such other documents that may be required by the Board.

h. Other Requirements

1. For Well Drilling – All applications involving extraction of groundwater shall include the name of a duly registered well driller who will undertake the drilling.

2. For Transfer of a Water Permit – A verified petition for the transfer of a water permit shall state the reasons for the transfer and shall attach the contract or agreement for the transfer.

3. For Lease of a Water Right – A verified petition for the lease of a water permit shall be accompanied by a duly executed contract of lease, Provided that no contract of lease shall be for a continuous period exceeding five (5) years, otherwise the contract shall be treated as a transfer of permit in favor of the lessee.

4. For Bulk Water Supply - An agreement MOA/Joint Venture Agreement between the private water supplier and the buyer with specific purpose on how water will be used.


STEPS ON THE PROCESSING OF WPA
( Prepared by Evelyn V. Ayson)

Step 1. Screening ( by Maryjane, Joy, Aiza)

- WPA form and Notices completely filled up and notarized

- All basic requirements complied

- Coordinates (latitude and longitude) of water source is determined by the Evaluation Section Staff (Joy, Aiza)

- WPA Number / Reference Number assigned by the Permit Section (Maryjane)

Step 2. Cashier

- Applicant pays to the Cashier ( Vita, Anna, Danny) the corresponding WPA filing fee

  Municipal - P5000.00 /application

  Irrigation - 5000.00 ( National Corporation)

  500.00 (Communal / Individual)

  Power Generation - 5000.00

  Fisheries - 5000.00

  Livestock Raising - 1000.00 ( Backyard)
  3000.00 ( Commercial)

  Industrial - 5000.00

  Recreation - 5000.00

  Other Purposes - 5000.00

Step 3. Filing

- Applicant submits the accomplished WPA form with Notices and documentary requirements to the Records Section (Rhea, Cesar) of AFD

- Records Section routes the WPA to Water Rights Division


Step 4. Application Endorsement and Posting of Notices ( by Maryjane , Cath)

- Permit Section prepares the indorsement letter

- WPA indorsed to the nearest DPWH Engineering District Office or the NIA Provincial Irrigation Office where the water source point of diversion is located

- Letter prepared for the the posting of Notices of WPA to be sent to the following offices/agencies to be posted on their bulletin board for a period of 30 days

1. Barangay Chairman of the barangay where the point of diversion of the source is located
2. City or Municipal Secretary of the city or town where the point of diversion is located
3. The Secretary of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan of the province where the point of diversion is located
4. Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) District Engineer
5. National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Provincial Irrigation Office
6. Regional office of DPWH
7. Regional office of NIA
8. National Power Corporation
9.Regional Office of DENR
10. Local Water District ( if available in the area)
11. NWRB


Step 5. Mailing of Endorsement and Notices

- The Record Unit of AFD mails the indorsement letter and request letter for posting of the notices to the abovementioned offices/agencies


Step 6. Field Investigation

- Water Rights Investigator of DPWH Engineering District or NIA Provincial Office conducts site ocular inspection, prepares report and submit to NWRB

- In some instances, NWRB Staff conducts the field inspection/investigation if no report from DPWH or NIA is submitted


Step 7. Protest

- After 30 days of posting of the Notices, another 30 days is alloted for the affected party/parties to file its formal opposition on the WPA.

- Protestant/Oppositor submit to NWRB its opposition letter together with payment of protest fee in the amount of P3000.00

- Protest is docketed by WRD Staff (Margret, Perseus)

- The Chief of the WRD assigns the case to a Hearing Officer ( Perseus, Jane, Margret) who conducts the hearing of the case

- Resolution of cases is recommended to the Executive Director


Step 8. Evaluation (by Eva, Arlene, Chat, Roy, Joy)

- Determine water source whether surface water, spring or deepwell source

- If the deepwell is not existing, Permit to Drill (PTD) is issued wth a validity of 6 months

- After drilling Applicant submits to NWRB the deepwell drilling data, pumping test results, bacteriological test and/or water analyses of water

- If drilling has not been completed during the validity period, Applicant may request for an extension of its PTD for another 6 months citing the reason why drilling did not commence

- If the deepwell is existing, Applicant is issued an Order penalizing him/her for drilling the deepwell without the PTD

- Applicant pays to the Cashier the penalty and inform the WRD staff the Official Receipt (OR) Number and when it was paid

- Application is evaluated by considering the water requirement of the Applicant, water availability within the area, capacity of the water source, effect of the applicants source to other users.

- Recommends to the Board the amount of water to be granted to the Applicant


Step 9. Recommendation and Approval

- WPAs evaluated and recommended to the Board is submitted to Director Tabios of NHRC (NWRB Board Member) for his review, comment and recommendation

- All WPAs with a recommended amount of water of 100 lps and below is approved/deferred/denied by the Executive Director

- All WPAs with a recommended amount of water of more than 100 lps is deliberated and approved/deferred/denied by the NWRB Board

- The Board Secretary prepares the Board Resolution of the approved WPs and signed by the Board members


Step 10. Conditional Water Permit (CPC)

- WRD assigns conditional water permit number to the approved water permit applicant

- Billing Section (Jarick) computes the annual water charge of the Permittee

- WRD staff ( Arlene Batac) prepares the Conditional Water Permit

- Conditional Water Permit is signed by the Executive Director after it was cleared by ( EVA, EMB, JME)

- Applicant is notified thru letter and order of payment is prepared EDO

- Applicant (now Permittee) pays the corresponding Annual Water Charge to the Cashier

- Conditional Water Permit is released after Permittee presented the OR payment to EDO


Step 11. Releasing of Water Permit

- CWP holders complies with the conditions imposed in the Conditional Water Permit

- WRD staff (EVA, CMM) reviews the compliance and prepares recommendation for issuance of Water Permit to be approved by the Executive Director

- Water Permit is prepared by WRD (Arleen Batac) and signed by the Executive Director after it was cleared by EVA, EMB, JME

- Application is notified thru the Billing Statement sent by Billing Unit (Jarick)

- Applicant pays the corresponding Annual Water Charge to the cashier or to UCPB branches .

- Water Permit is released after permittee presented the OR payment to EDO