Issue of July 7, 2019
Mt. Province
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DRRMC plant vetiver grass
by Press release

BONTOC, Mountain Province – Members of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) planted vetiver grass on the open slopes at Tay-ok, Bontoc Ili as a kickoff activity for the observance of the National Resilience Month.

The planting of vetiver grass is a bio-engineering tool for erosion control and slope stabilization.

The project on bio-engineering system for open slope stabilization through the propagation of vetiver grass aims to introduce specific action of a “build back better” principle and climate change mitigation.

PDRRM Officer Edward F. Chumawar Jr. said vetiver grass works well for erosion control for it produces strong and massive root system that grows straight down rather than out from the plant.

This enables the plant to create a sort of curtain beneath the soil which traps the sediment and slows down the movement of water.

Also, the vetiver grass has the ability to regenerate after a forest fire and can thrive on various conditions of slope, soils, and climate.

He said with the onset of the rainy season, the propagation of vetiver grass will provide for the water requirement of the plant, thus minimizing maintenance activities.

The activity aimed to hone the ropemanship skills of the members of the PDRRMC as the planting area is steep.

July is observed as National Disaster Resilience Month, which highlights the shift from disaster awareness building to disaster resilience with this year’s theme, “Kahandaan sa sakuna’t peligro para sa tunay na pagbabago.”

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