The National Power Corporation (NPC) headed by President Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita and the 2nd Infantry (Jungle Fighter) Division of the Philippine Army represented by its commander, Major General Romeo G. Gan, AFP sign today a Memorandum of Agreement for the protection of the Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Reservation.

The agreement will cover the Makiling Forest Reserve, Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape and Malaraya Forest Reserve which is the headwater for Lipa City and Malvar in Batangas, Alaminos and San Pablo City in Laguna, and San Antonio in Quezon.

With the agreement, NPC will be able to intensify its efforts in protecting and preserving the Reservation from illegal activities such as timber poaching, slash and burn farming, charcoal making and illegal settling.

In his brief message, General Gan said that the Philippine Army is “committed to maintain peace and order that complements environmental protection.” He also shared the Army’s own projects for the environment like the cultivation of different bamboo species that pave the way to opening their own Bamboo park.

President Sta. Rita who emphasized on the importance of protecting the 162,000 hectare Reservation expressed her gratitude for the Philippine Army’s contribution to conserve and maintain the Makiling-Banahaw Geothermal Reservation.

“We are happy to share the same interest and commitment with you in preserving and protecting the environment,” she said.

Also present during the signing of the agreement were Watershed Management Department Manager Emmanuel Umali, Division Manager Antonio Hinayo, Mak-Ban Watershed Area Team Chief Emmanuel Regondola, Ltc. Dennis C. Perez , Col. Wilbur C. Mamawag and Ltc. Randolph G. Cabangbang.