DENR, Davao water firm cap partnership to protect, rehab watershed
March 21, 2011 11:17 pm
DAVAO CITY, March 21 — The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Davao and the Davao City Water District (DCWD) recently renewed their partnership on the protection and rehabilitation of Talomo-Lipadas watershed through a memorandum of agreement (MOA).
The DENR and the DCWD pledged to support each other in terms of technical expertise, manpower and the sourcing of funds for the sustainability of the watershed project.
Among the terms agreed upon by the parties are the deputation of DCWD qualified personnel as forest officers in the area covered by the Mt. Talomo-Lipadas watershed rehabilitation project; provision of technical assistance, staff and field personnel in jointly carrying out various activities related to the watershed project.
“This undertaking is pursuant to the literal call of nature which we heed to sustain a balanced ecology in order to address two vital issues of today, the climate change and the looming water shortage” DENR regional director Jim O. Sampulna.
Sampulna said DENR is encouraging different sectors in helping the government to revive the status of the forests and in bringing back the status of watersheds in their prime condition by taking charge a definite portion of our forests like what the DCWD is doing.
On the other hand, DCWD general manager Rodora N. Gamboa said the DCWD does not want to become complacent despite the success of its rehabilitation efforts located in the three watersheds in Mt. Talomo-Lipadas, Mt. Tipolog-Tamugan and Malagos as vital water sources for the city. (PNA) DCT/FFC/JLC/ldp