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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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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.

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To ensure proper maintenance of planted seedlings in the watershed, NPC's Buhi-Barit Watershed Area Team launched Adopt a Forest project in partnership with Buhi Rural Waterworks and Sanitation Multi Purpose Cooperative (BRWASA-MPC).

The project which was sealed by a Memorandum of Partnership will ensure that the planted seedlings are regularly watched over and will grow to be a tall, sturdy tree. It will plant a total of 5,100 seedlings of mahogany and narra in 3 hectares of land in Barangay Sta. Cruz, Buhi, Camarines Sur.

As a cooperative that provides water for domestic use in the municipality, BRWSA-MPC initiated to partner with NPC-BBWAT to protect and sustain the continuity of water supply in their reservoir facility.

 

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NPC's Buhi-Barit Watershed Area Team has recently conducted a livelihood training for indigenous people (IP) in Barangay Iraya, Buhi, Camarines Sur to increase their knowledge and technical skills on propagating their Cacao and Pili seedlings.

The IPs were provided with seedlings earlier this year as part of the Agroforestry Family Approach program. In the training, they were also taught with proper implementation of Sloping Agricultural Land Technology (SALT) which is a practical agroforestry scheme in the area due to its economic and ecological benefits.

NPC-BBWAT invited Jose Noel S. Villavicencio, a professor from Central Bicol State University of Agriculture, as resource person. He discussed in depth the practices in cacao propagation and SALT implementation.

The two-day training ended with words of appreciation from Barangay IrayaKagawad Soledad Aquino saying, ?we are thankful for this training that can help us grow our source of income.?

NPC Conducts Profiling of IPs in CamSur

To identify the specific needs of the indigenous peoples (IPs) in Buhi, Camarines Sur, NPC?s Buhi Barit Watershed Area Team (BBWAT) conducted a community profiling through Participatory Rural Appraisal (PRA) on June 30, 2017.

The PRA was conducted as a preparatory activity for BBWAT?s three year program for the IPs and was done to collect opinion and knowledge from them on their current condition. Information gathered in the said PRA will be evaluated and will be used in identifying programs for the development of IPs.

The activity is the first of a series of PRA for the IP community of Camarines Sur.

Buhi-Barit Watershed, one of the 11 watershed being managed by NPC, supports the Buhi Barit Hydroelectric Power Plant Operation.