City Council seeks to scale up Bantay Bukid

Lawmakers this week passed on first reading the proposed ordinance strengthening the city government’s support for the Bantay Bukid program.

The ordinance will earmark P300,000 to support the program.

The proposed memorandum of agreement for the endorsement was made between the joint committee on rules, privileges, laws and ordinances and Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, and Interface Development Interventions.

The Bantay Bukid program comprises the health consciousness of the people, balanced and healthful ecology and implementation of the Watershed Protection, Conservation Management Ordinance of 2007.

Under the program, the city government also deputizes residents and trains them to be forest rangers to guard watersheds, forests, and even critically endangered species like the Philippine Eagle. Last year, the Public Safety and Security Command Center trained 231 individuals to be part of the Bantay Bukid.

The concept was started in 2013 when 42 volunteers from Barangay Tawan-Tawan in Baguio District were trained by IDIS to monitor and guard the Panigan-Tamugan watershed. The training was made possible through a grant from the United States Agency for International Development. Bernard Angga and Meltrexie Zoi Cangayda/KDCI Intern

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