2014 Watershed Management Department Corporate Social Responsibility Report
More than protecting and preserving the 11 watershed systems under its care, the NPC - Watershed Management Department (WMD) also aims to uplift the quality of life of the residents and communities living near or within the watershed.
For 2014, the Department has implemented various community development programs. Its Animal Dispersal program was able to distribute 331 swine and 54 goats in Tiwi, Albay; Buhi, Camarines Norte; Bokod, Benguet; and Pulangi & Maramag, Bukidnon. The distribution of animals intends to provide alternative livelihood to local residents.
The Department has also conducted 16 livelihood training and seminars like seedling production, organic farming, charcoal briquetting, production and establishment of high valued crops and trees, tilapia culture/breeding, handicrafts making, among others. This is on top of the technical assistance provided to the previously established livelihood projects such as:
- Organic Farming in Pulangi Watershed, Bukidnon
- Ubi Production in Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed
- Pangasius Catfish Production in Matampay, Lanao del Sur;
- Abaca Fiber and Water Lily Handicraft Making in Lake Lanao-Agus
- Tilapia Culture in Pod in Lanao del Sur
- Water Hyacinth Handicraft Production (with shredder) in Brgy. Tubigon, Maramag, Bukidnon
- Livestock Dispersal in Benguet, Pulangi, Buhi and Tiwi Watersheds’ host communities
In support to the various rehabilitation projects and environmental commitments of local groups to preserve the forest, WMD started the propagation of supplemental seedling production. More than 160,000 seedlings of various forestry species and fruit trees were produced/propagated for the rehabilitation projects, landholdings development and greening projects in partnership with other groups. Out of the said seedlings, about 124,781 seedlings have been distributed and planted. In order to ensure maintenance and protection of the dispersed seedlings, agreements with the concerned groups and regular monitoring are being undertaken.
WMD has also partnered with various public and private groups to rehabilitate 520 hectares of open and denuded areas. This include groups such as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) through the National Greening Program (NGP), San Roque Power Corporation, PNP/AFP, Epson Phils., Inc., Boy Scouts of the Philippines, and other local and multi-national corporation. Among the species planted include Narra, Guijo, Tangile, White Lauan, Alibangbang, Lipote, Raintree, Kupang, Bitaog and other Dipterocarp and other indigenous species.
The program also benefited the communities in the watersheds through additional source of income (employment) for the conduct of site preparation, out planting and maintenance and protection of the planted seedlings.
To raise awareness in the protection of the watershed and to instill the value of its importance, the Department has also conducted information drives in schools and barangays through lectures, film showing, printing of leaflets, and radio & television plugging. The contents of these information campaigns usually contain topics on biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation/adaptation. In 2014, a total of 41 lectures and film showings were conducted.
Published: 23 February 2016