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The Makiling-Banahaw Watershed Area Team conducted Eco-school Activities last September 26, 2018 at Aquino Elementary School Barangay Aquino, Tiaong, Quezon. The participants were the pupils and teachers of Aquino Elementary School.

In pursuit of its mandates, Makilng-Banahaw Watershed Area Team had been conducting awareness campaign regarding watershed protection and rehabilitation. It is one of the important tools in reaching out to various stakeholders of the reservation who are also active partners in protection and development of the watersheds. To continue the effort, MBWAT conducted eco-school activities in Aquino Elementay School where the audience/participants are the young ones who will impact the watersheds in near future.

The one-day program was participated by 130 composed of students, teachers and Barangay representatives. The eco-school activities includes: Lakbay Exhibit, Poster-making and Eco-quiz contest.

 

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Mt. Makilng Eco Guides, Barangay ENROs (Municipality of Sto. Tomas, Batangas), environmental police, Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems-UPLB (Speaker), NPC-MBWAT (Speaker) conducted Training Seminar on Protection and Conservation of Watersheds and other Protected Areas last July 3, 2018 at Municipal Agri Park and Organic Learning Center, San Vicente, Sto. Tomas, Batangas

The Municiapal Environment and Natural Resources Office of the  Municipality of Sto. Tomas, Batangas invited Resource Speakers from MakBan WAT to talk about the strategies in taking good care of the mountain ecosystems/forest reserves under their jurisdiction/turf. The said seminar aims to inform the participants about the importance of the different natural resources within their vicinities and to give them an idea on how important their role is in maintaining the greenness and lushes of the Makiling ASEAN Heritage Park.

MBWAT sent two (2) speakers in the said seminar, For. Xienna B. Meneses (MWA) and Ms. Sarah Grace C. Peñalosa (CRO). They discussed MBWAT's thrusts and strategies in the implementation of its projects and activities. Rehabilitation activities in Mt. Makiling and other possible activities with MENRO and MCME were also discussed. Other participants were For. Ellen M. Isip (CRO) and Mr. Rodrigo P. Arcillas (SFR) who entertained some questions from the participants during the open forum.

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Partner LGUs (Brgy. Limao, Calauan, Laguna and Brgy. Bitin, Bay, Laguna), Philippine Geothermal Production Company Inc. (PGPC), UPLB – Makiling Center for Mountain Ecosystems (MCME), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO) – Sto. Tomas, Batangas, 1st Laguna Provincial Mobile Force Company (LPMFC) – Bitin, Bay, Laguna and the NPC-MBWAT personnel launched its Seed Production Area (SPA) With Tree Planting Activity at SitioLanzonesan, Brgy. Limao, Calauan, Laguna last June 26, 2018

In celebration of the World Environment Month, MBWAT formally launched its Seed Production Area (SPA) which highlights the dominant molave (Vitexparviflora) tree, a species likened to our national hero, Dr. Jose P. Rizal in the poem “Like the Molave Tree” of Rafael Zulueta da Costa. The SPA is MBWAT’s initiative to comply with the provisions in the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DENR and NPC for the National Greening Program (NGP). The launching/tree planting activities showcased before the attendees and the public in general the importance of maintaining seed sources in support to the national greening endeavours.

The molave stand was first established by MBWAT in 2006 with the NPC-MakBan geothermal plants personnel as the participants. This was part of then NPC STAR Program which was originally envisioned to become the molave seed source of the unit. Hence, the dominance of the preferred species of molave. The molave stand/SPA is now on its 12th year of existence when the trees begin to flower and bear fruits as observed by the more than 50 participants of the event.

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Mt. Malaraya-Malepunyo Watershed Protection Council (MMWPC), Lipa City ENRO, Municipal Agriculturist Office - Tiaong, Quezon, Aquino, Tiaong,  Quezon, Ayusan II, Tiaong, Quezon and Atisan, San Pablo City conducted Tree Marking and Inventory in Mt. Malaraya Forest Reserve last June 27, 2018 at Mt. Malaraya Forest Reserve, Brgy. Malitlit, Lipa City.

In celebration of the World Environment Month, MBWAT once again organized a multi-sectoral team to continue the tree inventory and marking of trees in Mt. Malaraya Forest Reserve. The activity aims to protect the trees inside the MFR from tree poachers and charcoal makers. Since it was first done along the  edge of the reserve, the incidence of poaching/charcoal making was observed to have dramatically declined. Trees marked/numbered remain standing as of the recent monitoring. Noticeably, farming/cultivation was limited only at the outside of the reserve.

A total of 162 trees were inventoried and marked with an approximate volume of 287.34 m3. To date, a total of 1,380 trees were marked in Mt. Malaraya.

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The volunteers from the Malaraya (Brgys. Atisan, San Pablo City, Aquino, Ayusan, Tiaong, Quezon, Palma, San Gregorio, Sta. Rosa, Alaminos, Laguna, Sta. Cruz, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, Lumbang, Talisay, Sto. Niño, Malitlit, Lipa City, Bautista, San Pablo City), Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (Kinabuhayan, Dolores, Quezon), Mt.Makiling, Sto. Tomas, Batangas and the NPC-MBWAT personnel conducted Lenten Season Watershed Visitors Management Program 2018 last March 24, 2018 – April 1, 2018 at selected areas in Mt. Malaraya Forest Reserve (Laguna, Batangas, Quezon), Mt. Makiling (Batanags) and Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape(Dolores, Quezon).

Lenten Season Watershed Visitors Management Program is a continuing project designed specifically to provide services during the high visitation periods during the Lenten season. It aims to protect the watershed from fire and other destructive human activitiesduring the high visitation period. It gives special emphasis on the protection of the rehabilitation sites (reforestations, enrichment, cooperative planting sites, etc).

A total of twelve (12) barangays participated in the event. In general, the LSWVMP 2018 was successfully conducted with the help of our stakeholders and volunteers. Clean up was done in Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (Dolores, Quezon) and Mt. Malepunyo in Sto. Tomas, Batangas where camping was allowed.