A watershed rehabilitation consultative workshop was held in the Province of Guimaras today, June 9th, as a response to the call of enrolling the island-province as ‘carbon-neutral’ to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) by Ms. Gina Lopez of ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. and the Society of Filipino Foresters Incorporated (SFFI).
A gearing up move, this activity is eyed as a proactive measure to address these calls and to the declaration of Guimaras under a state of calamity due to El Niño phenomenon on March 2, 2016.
The first major output of the said workshop is to develop a comprehensive plan for the province to pinpoint its water resources on how best to minimize and utilize these water resources.
Vicente Camilo T. Curpos, HRMO II/ Forester II, said “This will include the heads of the local government and national government agencies in the province and in the region to come up with the comprehensive plan.”
For. Vicente A. Sardina, DENR-PENRO, the identified model sites for watershed rehabilitation are Brgy. San Roque, Nueva Valencia- Ecotourism, Brgy. Sta. Ana, Pob. Nueva Valencia- fishing and farming, Brgy. Dasal, Sibunag- organic farming, Brgy. Cabano, San Lorenzo- organic farming, Brgy. Getulio, Buenavista-Culture, Arts and Ruins and Balaan Bukid, Hoskyn, Jordan- Tourism.
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) by and between the Province of Guimaras, Guimaras State College, Lopez, Inc. and ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc. will be held on June 15th to gather the main stakeholders, project proponents and implementers of the “Guimaras for Life” Model through the establishment of a Guimaras Sustainable and Development Fellowship.
Dan Elby Habaña, Chairperson, Committee on Environment, Sangguniang Panlalawigan, Province of Guimaras, said that the activity is a product of Ms. Gina Lopez who is active in environmental protection and as the Chairman.
He said that they discussed with the PENRO to come up with a Watershed Rehabilitation Consultative Workshop considering the issue on climate change and El Nino Phenomenon is very timely.
“Naeksperyensyahan sang Province kung ano kabudlay ang scarcity of water. So hopefully, nakita nyo nman nga makahimo kami sang concrete measures kung sa diin ang isa guid nga pinakaconcern naton is to protect our environment so, so far it is good that we have the opportunity to have some proposal”, said SP Habana.
The workshop is a collaborative effort of the Provincial Government and DENR-PENRO.