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NPC conducts tree-planting in Bokod, Benguet

NPC-Upper Agno River Watershed Area Team (UARWAT) on June 3 conducted a tree-planting activity in partnership with Poodan Elementary School in Bokod, Benguet. The activity was not only in line with NPC’s rehabilitation program but also commemorates World Environment Day as declared by the United Nations Environment Programme.

UARWAT was able to tap 18 participants coming from Poodan ES and the local government. Together, the team planted 200 fruit-bearing seedlings in strategic areas in Barangay Ekip in Bokod.

Prior to the tree planting, a simple information drive was held among the participants to let them know the role of NPC and its Watershed Management Department in managing the Upper Agno River Watershed.

NPC - UARWAT said that the activity hopes to encourage the involvement of the community in its initiatives for the environment.

The Upper Agno River Watershed, one of NPC’s 11 watersheds, covers a total area of 123,000 ha located in the municipalities of Bokod, Kabayan, La Trinidad, Tublay, Buguias, and portions of Atok, Itogon, Mankayan and Bakun, in the Province of Benguet; municipalities of Tinoc and Hungduan in Ifugao; Bauko in Mountain Province; and Kayapa in Nueva Vizcaya.

Tree planting and info drive held in Buguias, Benguet - NPC-UARWAT

To involve the community in its watershed protection and rehabilitation efforts, NPC’s Upper Agno River Watershed Area Team (UARWAT) on May 27 conducted an information and education campaign and a tree planting

NPC's San Roque Watershed team joins various local community activities

NPC's San Roque Watershed Area Team (SRWAT) has recently volunteered their time and energy for the conduct of different community programs in Sitio Daynet, Ampucao, Itogon, Benguet, a resettlement area

NPC provides capability training to Dumagat before enterprise projects take off

NPC through its Angat Watershed Area Team from May 3 to 5 gave a capability enterprise development training on production and marketing plans for the members of the Katutubong Dumagat ng Sierra Madre ng Angat (KADUSMANA).

The training was undertaken as preparation for KADUSMANA’s livelihood project launch, which includes honeybee production, and the production of barbeque sticks made from bamboo, and rattan poles, among others.

After such preparations, seed capital will be provided by the San Miguel Corporation Global Power Foundation to allow the community to have its own sustainable source of income.

KADUSMANA is an indigenous people organization formed by NPC. The Angat Watershed reservation is one of the 11 watershed reservations being managed by the Corporation.

NPC meets with NCIP-CAR to harmonize watershed programs for the IPs

Earlier this month, NPC-Watershed Management Department met with the National Commission on Indigenous People – Cordillera to harmonize the two agencies’ programs and projects that affect the indigenous peoples (IPs) and communities in the region.

Being steward to watershed areas in the north like the Upper Agno River and San Roque, NPC serves the IPs through its livelihood and forest programs; while the NCIP is the agency that protects and promotes the interest and well-being of the IPs.

The meeting was attended by a small delegation from both agencies headed by Mr. Emmanuel Umali, Department Manager for Watershed Management of NPC and Atty. Atanacio D. Addog of NCIP-CAR. It was agreed that both parties will forge the partnership through a Memorandum of Agreement and will cover, among others the inclusion of the Ancestral Domain Sustainable Development and Protection Plan to NPC’s Universal Charge-Environmental Charge Petitions and the awarding of watershed projects to IPs through the community participation modality of procurement.