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Sa hangarin nitong paigtingin ang pagpapatupad ng batas para sa pangangalaga ng watershed, nagsagawa ng forest patrol operation ang Angat Watershed Area Team ng NPC, kasama ang 70th Infantry Battalion ng Philippine Army sa Barangay Kabayunan, Doña Remedios Trinidad.

Ang pinagsamang operasyon ay nagresulta sa pagkakakumpiska ng mga puting lauan lumber na iniwan ng mga illegal loggers.

Ang patrol operations ay pinangunahan ni AWAT’s Senior Forest Ranger Nelson U. Gagto at 70 IB’s Sgt. Garry L. Nadal.

Ang madalas na pagpapatrolya sa watershed ay naglalayong hadlangan at mahuli ang mga ilegal na aktibidad na pumipinsala sa kagubatan. Ito ay bahagi ng watershed protection programs ng NPC sa pakikipagtulungan ng Philippine Army.

The whole Upper Agno River Watershed Area team has recently conducted a tree planting activity in Barangay Ambuklao in Bokod, Benguet to celebrate Philippine Arbor Day. Despite the rain, the team planted 350 tree seedlings in an area within the watershed.

The Upper Agno River Watershed has a total area of 123,000 hectares located in nine municipalities of Benguet, two municipalities in Ifugao, and one municipality each in Mountain Province and Nueva Vizcaya. It serves as a catchment area that feeds the dams of the Ambuklao and Binga hydroelectric power plants in Benguet.

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.

NPC’s Angat Watershed Area Team and representatives of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) have released various wildlife in Angat Watershed in Bulacan to increase species diversity in the said reservation.

To raise the youth’s awareness and tap them to contribute to environmental preservation, NPC’s Upper Agno River Watershed Team (UARWAT) has recently conducted an information campaign with some grade 12 students of Daklan National High School in Bokod, Benguet.

UARWAT shared among the students NPC and the community’s roles in the protection and preservation of the watershed, the significance of maintaining the watershed’s biodiversity, and NPC’s plans and programs for the Upper Agno River Watershed.

After the lecture, the students planted 200 fruit-bearing seedlings in Sitios Abiyo and Penged in Barangay Daklan. The students themselves initiated the tree planting activity as part of their Community Engagement, Solidarity, and Citizenship program.

Being one of the 11 watersheds being managed by NPC, the Upper Agno River Watershed is a 123,000-hectare reservation notable for its breathtaking vistas. The reservation serves as the catchment area that feeds the Ambuklao and Binga dams that in turn allows the operation of the hydropower plants.