Iloilo strengthens watershed preservation campaign

Published August 17, 2021, 1:02 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – The Western Visayas regional office of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR-6) is leading a multi-sectoral approach in preserving other major watersheds of Iloilo province.

The watershed being revitalized by the Manaripay Upland Framers Association Inc. in Calinog town, Iloilo province. (FMP PENRO DENR-6/MANILA BULLETIN)

“It is important that all stakeholders—our local leaders, our communities, our environmental allies—are taking the responsibilities of saving our watersheds,” said DENR-6 Regional Director Livino Duran at the online launch of the Save our Watershed (SOW) campaign.

Governor Arthur Defensor Jr., the chairperson of the Iloilo Watershed Management Council (IWMC), vowed that the Iloilo provincial government will back DENR’s SOW by continuing its reforestation.

The SOW campaign takes off from the 10-year Forestland Management Project (FMP), which is funded by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and will end next year.

The DENR-6 is looking at replicating the FMP that has been implemented in the more than 13,027 hectares of the Jalaur Watershed since 2012.

DENR-Iloilo Director Salvador Manglinong Jr. explained that FMP utilized Community-Based Forest Management (CBFM) that integrates conservation and development-oriented projects by providing livelihood to 22 peoples organizations in the towns of Calinog, Janiuay and Lambunao.

Forester Antonio Latoza Jr. has earlier explained that FMP revitalized the forestlands in the area that were once degraded.

Meanwhile, the SOW has a series of online lectures and other activities including a virtual bike tour and a photo contest.