State agencies, National Power Corporation (NPC) and National Irrigation Administration (NIA) Region IVA on Thursday, November 23 sealed a partnership for the implementation of the Irrigation Water Resources Management Plan in the Sta. Cruz River Irrigation System within the Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Reservation (MBGR) in Laguna.

The pivotal Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) signing was led by NPC President and CEO Fernando Martin Y. Roxas and NIA Region IV-A Acting Regional Manager Roberto J. Dela Cruz.

This collaborative endeavor sees NIA’s commitment to funding project implementation reciprocated by NPC’s assurance of providing consent and technical assistance. The comprehensive effort is slated to span from 2023 to 2026.

The MBGR, sprawling across 165,960 hectares in Laguna, Batangas, and Quezon provinces, falls under NPC’s management by virtue of Executive Order No. 224 and Presidential Proclamation No. 1111.  

NIA, through the Laguna-Rizal Irrigation Management Office (IMO), will spearhead agroforestry and streambank protection initiatives in specific municipalities of Laguna, covering a substantial 196-hectare area within MBGR.  

The MOA then is a milestone in sustainable water resource management. As NPC and NIA embark on this joint venture, the collaboration holds the promise of cultivating a greener, more sustainable future for the Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Reservation.