Rotary, CESB renews efforts to help DENR rehabilitate Marikina watershed

Published on Monday, 01 August 2016 08:47
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Rotary, CESB renew efforts to help DENR rehabilitate Marikina watershed


          Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Assistant Secretary Corazon Davis and Krys Dancel, President of Rotary Club of Makati-Rockwell (RC-MR) join hands in planting a Lipote (Syzigium curanii) seedling during the "tree growing activity" held early in the morning of Saturday, July 23, 2016 at Sitio San Ysiro, Barangay San Jose in Antipolo City while DENR Region 4A Regional Director Reynulfo Juan (standing, right), Dr. Rolando Metin, past President of RC-MR (2nd from left), Dr. Isidro Mercado, Rizal Provincial ENR Officer (left) and Dr. Ric Enriquez (partly hidden), Director of the DENR Internal Audit Service, look on.

         Some 100 volunteers from the Rotary Club of Makati-Rockwell and the Career Executive Service Board (CESB) joined the DENR and the San Ysiro upland farmers organization in planting 2,000 Philippine indigenous tree species like Lipote, Narra (Pterocarpus indicus), Kalumpit (Terminalia microcarpa) and Dungon (Heritiera sylvatica) in upland Sitio San Ysiro, part of the 26,125-hectare Upper Marikina River Basin Protected Landscape (UMRBPL).

          In October last year, the volunteers planted 1,000 native fruit-bearing and forest trees in the area.

      The UMRBPL is part of the Marikina watershed which supplies most of Metro Manila's water needs. Rehabilitation of the watershed means sustainable water supply as well as prevention of flooding of Metro Manila; and providing livelihood to the upland community by helping implement the National Greening Program or NGP. (Photos by Carmela Reynoso, Office of the Regional Coordinator, NGP)