As part of their corporate social responsibility, the city government is urging golf courses in the city to put up their own rainwater harvesting facilities.
The appeal is contained in city council Resolution 389, s. 2023, signed by Mayor Benjamin Magalong, which claimed that golf courses require a significant amount of water to maintain their greens and fairways.
The city is home to several golf courses including Pinewoods and Baguio Country Club and Camp John Hay which host the prestigious Fil-Am Invitational amateur golf tournament every year.
“With climate change and water shortages becoming increasingly pressing issues, it is important for golf courses to find ways to use water more efficiently and effectively,” the measure stated.
“By capturing and storing rainwater for later use, golf courses can reduce their reliance on irrigation and help conserve water and ensure that their water sourcing strategies are sustainable and secure for long-term use,” it added.
Earlier, the City Disaster Risk Reduction Management approved the Baguio’s El Niño Action Plan for 2023 to 2025 during its third quarter council meeting aimed at mitigating the effects of the weather phenomenon in the city.
According to Pagasa, El Niño increases the likelihood of below-normal rainfall conditions that could bring negative impacts like dry spells and droughts in some areas of the country. – Gaby B. Keith