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Davao River Basin management plan ready by June, says DENR-11 official

DAVAO CITY, Feb. 24 — The Davao River Basin which is one of the identified 18 river basins in the country will have its management plan ready by June this year.

This was said by Lourdes Wagan, regional technical director of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for Region 11 at the Kapehan sa Dabaw Monday forum at SM City here.

Wagan said the Davao River Basin covers Regions 10 and 11 comprising the provinces of Bukidnon, Davao del Sur, Davao del Note, North Cotabato passing through eight municipalities and 133 barangays with an area of 1,623 sq. kms.

The main body of water is named as Salug River with land classification of 19.77 percent alienable/disposable while 80.23 percent forest land.

Wagan said the management plan will be the basis of how it can be developed with the participation of the different stakeholders.

On the other hand, Wagan said Region 11 is targeting 100,000 hectares as its contribution to the government's National Greening Program (NGP).

To date, she said it already has covered some 31,000 hectares since 2013.

She said they aim to cover some 27,000 hectares this year and in 2015 another 50,000 hectares.

By 2016, Wagan said it will be devoted to maintenance and protection even as she said that this effort includes the participation of the private sector.

She also said that there is an increased participation of the public because of their awareness on the importance of trees to the environment.

"The NGP has gained the support from all sectors," she said.

Wagan reported that in 2013, total jobs generated under the Community-Based Employment Program (CBEP) totaled 79,091. Included was the hiring of 100 extension officers, 104 job orders, 60,498 cash for work beneficiaries and 18,389 laborers.

Of this figure, 22,467 were hired in Davao Oriental; Compostela Valley, 38,164; Davao del Norte, 6,102; Davao del Sur, 12,345; and 18 at the DENR Regional Office. (PNA)

LAP/ASA/DIGNA D. BANZON/LDP

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