Issue of July 9, 2017
     
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Partnership forged to protect Upper Agno River watershed
by Rubelyn Gernale

The National Power Corporation (NPC), municipal government of Bokod, and indigenous peoples organizations in the town enhanced their partnership for the protection and preservation of the Upper Agno River Watershed.

The NPC’s Agno River Watershed Area Team aims to increase current forest cover and reduce ecological impacts of power generation, protect the remaining watershed resources, and engage the communities in conserving the watershed.

Forester Onofre S. Castro, a member of the NPC’s Agno River Watershed Area Team, said illegal logging, illegal land conversion, and the heavy siltation or overflowing and flooding of Binga and Ambuklao dams are among the challenges they face in the preservation of the watershed.

Castro said the Bantay Watershed Task Force together with the Philippine National Police, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the local government units, and volunteers heightened the conduct of patrol operations to secure the area from illegal loggers and bush fire.

The team also implements forest conservation and rehabilitation through tree planting and other reforestation activities.

The NPC also signed a memorandum of partnership with the Cobabeng-Bobok Arabica Planters Association, Ekip Indigenous Farmers Federation, Inc., and Karao-Ekip Tribal Regreening Movement to involve the IPOs in conservation while establishing livelihood projects for the groups.

The Upper Agno River Watershed covers the watershed of Ambuklao and Binga dams. It covers 86,674.99 hectares of land in Benguet, Ifugao, and Nueva Vizcaya.

The watershed supplies three hydroelectric power plants namely the Binga HEPP, the Ambuklao HEPP, and the San Roque HEPP.

The NPC and renewable energy provider SN Aboitiz Power Group also signed an agreement for the preservation and protection of the Ambuklao-Binga watersheds.


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