NCMB-RBXI Personnel Visits
Adopt-A-Site Project with DCWD
The National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB), Regional Branch No. XI conducted another milestone as we visited our adopt-a-site project at Mt. Talomo-Lipadas Watershed, Mt. Apo Natural Park at Brgy. Manuel Guianga, Tugbok District on October 12, 2017. This is part of Green Our DoLE program (GODP) of the branch.
NCMB-RBXI Personnel took the road trip going to the DCWD Brgy. Manuel Guianga Field Office. From there, we hiked to Mt. Talomo-Lipadas Watershed Rehabilitation area where we also planted fifty (50) lawaan red seedlings. The site was 6 kilometers away from the DCWD Brgy. Guianga Field Office. It was quite tiring but a very fulfilling experience knowing that we have contributed in our own little way to preserve our forest. Likewise, communion with nature relieved us from stress away from the hustle and bustle in the office and in the city.
“The watersheds are key components of the Davao City Watershed Areas whose protection, conservation and management are upheld by the Watershed Code (City Ordinance No. 0310-07). The ordinance is based on the principles: 1. Healthy watersheds are crucial to a balanced ecosystem; 2. Watersheds are sources of life-giving water vital to public health and welfare, economic growth and development; and 3. Water though abundant is not an infinite resource and thus, must be protected, conserved and managed. This is a response to deteriorating conditions brought about by unsustainable resource use in the midst of rising demands for farm lands and water supply in many parts within and around the watersheds.” This is according to the research team done by Ibañez, J., G. Tampos, P. Maglinte, M. Reazonda, A. Villanueva, and A. Bañes (2012). Talomo-Lipadas and Panigan-Tamugan Watersheds: Resource and Socio-Economic Profile. Philippine Eagle Foundation Interface Development Interventions, Inc. and Foundation for the Philippine Environment, Davao City.
DCWD also states, “DCWD continues to plant new trees and utilizes these effective strategies to ensure the project’s success through community organizing; reforestation, rehabilitation and protection; maintenance; monitoring and evaluation; information, education, communication (IEC) and advocacy; linkaging and coordination; and adopt-a-site-project”.
The NCMB-RBXI is one of the many government organizations and private companies that sponsor the Mt. Talomo-Lipadas watershed areas in Davao City.
The Talomo-Lipadas Watershed is located within the foot slopes of Mt. Apo Natural Park, according to DCWD. It covers only 12% of the city’s land area, but, it is the most important water source for Davao City.
In line with this, the NCMB-RBXI and the Davao City Water District signed a Memorandum of Agreement on January 10, 2013 under the leadership of Conciliator-Mediator Paciano L. Murro, Jr. to adopt and rehabilitate an area equivalent to one (1) hectare at Mt. Talomo-Lipadas Watershed for five (5) years. Through this initiative, the branch continually pays P6,000.00 per year which started in 2013 until present.
Currently, the branch headed by our new OIC-Director Aerrine Marie R. Reyes continues the advocacy started by Con-med Murro to help preserve one of Davao City’s forests, the most important source of water in the city. Sheila A. Rivera