Fresh drinking water is an important issue in this decade. The role of water monitoring is a function provided by water utility providers such as the Davao City Water District (DCWD). On a national scale, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Environment Management Bureau (DENR-EMB) is mandated with monitoring the country’s water resources. However, there is a growing trend to democratize water monitoring though engaging local communities. As major stakeholders, local communities can be trained to become river watchdogs to support the government’s water quality monitoring role. Through the project “The Flow of the River: A Community-based Water Monitoring System”, local communities especially local youth members (Bantayo Aweg or Water Guardians) are trained and empowered to monitor water quality through manual testing of the eight parameters, e.g., temperature, color, pH, stream flow discharge and crafting the data into policy recommendations for river protection.

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