On July 20, NPC’s Angat Watershed Area Team braved a three-hour hike to reach Sitio Bato, Barangay Sapang Bulak, Doña Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan to hold an information campaign among its residents.
The team, led by Mr. Ador R. Mallare, discussed the benefits of a healthy watershed and the important role of the community in achieving a sustainable regeneration of forests. They also identified possible livelihood programs for the community to discourage them from engaging in illegal forest activities.
NPC’s current livelihood programs in Angat Watershed include production of honeybee, bamboo sticks from bamboo and rattan poles.
As mandated by Republic Act 9136 or EPIRA, NPC is tasked to undertake watershed management in 11 watershed reservations in the country which covers around 485 thousand hectares. Angat Watershed in Bulacan and Rizal is one of these reservations.