The forty seven (47) participants consisted of members of Pantabangan- Carranglan Bantay Watershed Protection Council Inc. (PCBWPCI), Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENARO)- Nueva Vizcaya, and NPC-PCWAT Staff conducted Bantay Watershed Task Force (BWTF) Lakbay Aral last November 7-8, 2018 at Lower Magat Eco Tourism Park, Diadi, Nueva Ecija.
National Power Corporation, through its Pantabangan-Carranglan Watershed Area Team (PCWAT), annually conducts Lakbay Aral for its Bantay Watershed Task Force (BWTF) volunteers from its covered barangays based on its Memorandum of Agrement (MOA) with National Irrigation Administration (NIA). These include barangays R.A. Padilla, Bunga, Burgos, and Salazar in the municipality of Carranglan and barangay of Conversion, in the municipality of Pantabangan, province of Nueva Ecija.
Such activity is essential in strengthening the partner Peoples Organization of PCWAT in the conservation and protection of Pantabangan- Carranglan Watershed Forest Reserve (PCWFR).NPC-PCWAT annually conducts BWTF Lakbay Aral for its volunteers/ PCBWPCI members to continually increase the level of their environmental awareness and concern.
The Lower Magat Eco Tourism Park is an established eco park within the Lower Magat Watershed, an example of a well-managed watershed in Nueva Vizcaya. The eco park showcases boating facilities, team building area, swimming pool, mini zoo, fishing area, and other recreational facilities which make it a perfect Lakbay Aral site/ venue.
The Watershed Management Division of Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office- Nueva Vizcaya (PENARO-NV) joined the activity through Forester Romulo Camat, Sr. by conducting a presentation regarding their protection and conservation strategies on Lower Magat Watershed.
The participants toured around the eco park, visiting the boating area, swimming pool, and other amenities of the park. Exchanges in their own observations were tackled more during the socials after dinner.
The next day, the participants participated in team building activities where they were grouped into three groups named after forest trees. The participants also enjoyed their time visiting the mini zoo called the animal paradise. Each group prepared, presented, and signed an action plan on watershed protection/ conservation they committed to conduct in their own barangays. Everyone had the chance to tell their observations and learning during the closing program. Section Chief Vincent B. Concio gave a closing remarks thanking everyone for their participation and encouraged everyone saying that the office will never get tired of encouraging them and doing its best in promoting partnerships among communities in the protection and rehabilitation of PCWFR.