IDIS praises city on its effort to save watershed

THE INTERFACE Development Interventions (IDIS) lauded the local government for earmarking P17 million for the ground delineation of the critical watershed areas here.

Mayor Sara Duterte announced during Thursday’s Watershed Summit at the Grand Men Seng Hotel that the local government will fund the delineation of the critical areas, among other areas in the city’s watershed.

IDIS executive director Chinkie Pelino Golez said the amount would be taken from the approved supplemental budget, SB 2.

Golez said that the time frame for the project would start this year and is estimated to run until 2019.

The mapping includes funding for equipment for global positioning systems (GPS), geographical information system (GIS) mappings, as well as the final output.

The output would be distributed to stakeholders, and will be very important in the implementation of environmental laws in the watersheds.

In Davao City, the local government has implemented a volunteer program called the Bantay Bukid, which it initiated last year.

The city employs around 240 forest guards to implement environmental laws in the watersheds, with the guards provided around P2,000 allowance each month.

Meanwhile, the local government is currently studying a proposal, along with the Canadian Embassy and the Philippine Eagle Foundation, that hopes to implement a sustainable livelihood program for volunteers patrolling the hinterlands.

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