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The consultation meeting was conducted with watershed stakeholders to identify projects, to be included in Plan 17 UC-EC Petition, in coherence with NPC mandates and services and based on the current socia-environmental situation of Buhi-Barit Watershed Reservation.

The participants' actual experience and daily encounters with the environment and the community is relevant in identifying necessary project. This further ensures project relevance, community acceptance and project effectivity.

Prior the identification of the probable projects to be included in Plan 17 Petition, BBWAT personnel first discussed NPC mandates, WMD services and the approved  Masterplan as guide and reference in preparation of UC-EC Petition. This has also broadened their understanding on the scope and limitations of projects catered by NPC-WMD BBWA T.

At the end of the meeting, the participants have identified projects under the protection, rehabilitation and resource development services of the WAT. They have  agreed on further consultation and coordination with the concerned barangay to finalize the details and needed documents of their proposed projects.

The parttcipants have also acknowledged the WAT's effort in involving them with this type of activities.

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BBWAT has initiated the Adopt-a-Forest program to encourage the stakeholders, CSOs and the community to partake in the protection and conservation of the Buhi-Barit Watershed Reservation. One of the partner organizations is the Philippine College of Physicians (PCP) - Bicol Chapter.

The PCP -  Bicol Chapter, thru its President Renee Myla A. Balang, MD., FPCP, has partnered with BBWAT last CY 2017 to uphold their organization's endeavor of climate change mitigation. As stipulated in the MOP (Memorandum of Partnership), the  PCP regularly monitors the status of their adopted area and conducts replanting to replace the mortality.

Further, the  activity was  conducted  in  line with the  2nd PCP  Day of  Rising Nationwide GREEN Event. Coincidentally, November is Climate Changel Environmental Awareness Month.

Prior the tree planting, short messages were given by PCP representative Arbel Perete, MD and BBWAT Forest Guard Eleno N. Lavadia III.  After the activity, PCP and BBWAT held a meeting to discuss plans in extending the MOP and the PCP's intention of adopting an additional area.

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Relative to the prevalent illegal activities which threaten the remaining forests within the Buhi-Barit Watershed Reservation, BBWAT requests the support and assistance from agency such as the DENR to curtail if not to eradicate illegal forest activities.The coordination meeting was an opportunity for BBWAT and CENRO-Iriga to establish possible collaborative efforts regarding the efficient management of Buhi-Barit Watershed Reservation.

One of the meeting agenda is the continuous quarrying activities within the reservation. At the end of the meeting BBWAT and CENRO-Iriga has established agreed actions to address the issue. BBWAT has also requested the validation of NGP projects of CENRO-Iriga which are within the restoration zone of the watershed reservation. The last concern is the regulatory services within the reservation specifically the issuance of lot certificates which are prerequisite for the titling of land and the issuance of tree cutting permit and transport permit on private tree plantations registered to DENR CENRO-Iriga which are within the watershed reservation. At the end of the meeting, all the concerns aforementioned were sufficiently addressed.

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The collaborative tree planting activity was conducted as part of BBWATs advocacy to encourage the proactive  participation of  stakeholders  in  the protection and rehabilitation of the Buhi-Barit Watershed Reservation. BAPOAA (Buhi Alpha Phi Omega Alumni Association) conducts tree planting as an  annual  activity. This year the activity coincides with the forthcoming celebration of Environmental Awareness and Clean Air Month. The tree planting was conducted in Brgy. Igbac particularly in the barangay's open area as climate change mitigating measures.

A short program marked the start of the tree planting activity with brief message from BAPOAA and BLGU-Igbac. After which, BBWAT Forest Guard Eleno Lavadia III talked about the importance of tree planting and gave an orientation on seedlings handling and planting. A total of 600 seedlings of indigenous trees and fruit bearing trees (Narra, Lamog, Tugawe, Cacao, Guyabano & Pomelo), sourced at BBWAT nursery, were planted at Brgy. Igbac.

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In the forthcoming implementation of Plan 11 Rehabilitation Projects which shall be established in Barangay Ibayugan, Buhi, Camarines Sur, the consultation meeting was conducted as part of social preparation and as an opportunity to request the assistance and cooperation of the barangay officials of Ibayugan to ensure efficient project implementation. Further, the meeting was necessary to address some concerns which might impede timely project completion.

BBWAT OIC-Section Chief E.R. Enriquez presented the UC-EC Plan 11 Rehabilitation Projects. He gave a concise description and objectives of each of the vegetative rehabilitation projects which includes a 50 hectares reforestation project, a 10 hectares Agroforestry Family Approach for the IP community/ Family and a 10 hectares Bamboo plantation. Further, BBWAT Forest Guard E.N. Lavadia III specifically identified the location of the rehabilitation projects within the barangay.

BBWAT personnel also entertained and addressed queries regarding the Plan 11 projects such as its mode of implementation and its timeline. Concerns on project sustainability, mode of project implementation, project objectives and community benefits were adequately addressed by BBWAT personnel.