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What is SWIP?

The Small Water Impounding Project or SWIP is a structure constructed across a narrow depression or valley to hold back water and develop a reservoir that will store rainfall and run-off during the rainy season for immediate or future use.

The Small Water Impounding Management Committee (SWIM) once headed by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) classified small water impounding projects as earthen dams with structural heights of not more than 30 meters and a volume storage not exceeding 50 million cubic meters.

In line with the provision of the Agriculture and Fishery Modernization Act of 1997 (AFMA), the Bureau of Soils and Water Management (BSWM) shall be responsible for the delivery of technical assistance in relation to dams 15 meters or lower.