HII won the 2022 Thailand Excellent Participatory Governance Awards or TEPGA
On 12 September 2019, Dr. Wissanu Krea-ngam, Deputy Prime Minister, presided at the Public Sector Excellence Awards: PSEA 2022. On behalf of Hydro-Informatics Institute (Public Organization) or HII, Dr. Royboon Rassameethes, Deputy Director, represented HII to receive the 2022 Thailand Excellent Participatory Governance Awards: TEPGA, outstanding class in the “Effective Change”, from the “Water Resources Data System toward the prototype of small reservoirs management.”
Huay Mae Pa Yang, Phrea Province, which is one of the Water Management models which suffered flood and drought in the past. But when the community worked with HII in 2017, the community realized the reason behind the insufficient consumption water. The community, therefore, started a water management plan by working with the Phrae Provincial Water Management Center and HII. After 3 years, they have restored the upstream forest and found that a sub-water forest can produce water for community throughout the year. Then, they also created semi-permanent dams and connect water pipes from the reservoir to the water supply for the consumption system. There is water retention along the lines. On the other hand, the people agreed to jointly set rules for sharing water. At present, the success of Huay Mae Pa Yang Reservoir provided sufficient water for the community either for consumption or agriculture all year round.
“PSEA Award” is an honor award given by the Office of Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC) to praise the organization who have been committed to performing its duties with outstanding success. The award is divided into 3 branches: Public Sector Management Quality Award: PMQA, Thailand Excellent Participatory Governance Awards: TEPGA, and Thailand Public Service Awards: TPSA.
For the TEPGA, it was given to agencies that promote and support both people and various sectors to participate in public administrations by giving information, consultation, and cooperation which produces significant impacts and developments for local people which leads to success in improving the efficiency of government administration and the quality of life.