At least 12 critical watershed projects have been included in the National Greening Program (NGP) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to help the conservation and protection of the water supply in the Cagayan Valley.
DENR Region 2 Assistant Director for technical services Felix Taguba said the 12 watershed areas are part of the 131 watersheds in the country, which is being targeted for the reforestation program this year.
These 12 watersheds are the Pared Watershed, Pinacanauan de Tuguegarao, Dummon Watershed, Baua Watershed and Zinundungan Watershed in Cagayan; Pinacanauan de San Pablo, Pinacanauan de Tumauini, Ilaguen Watershed and Divilacan Watershed in Isabela; Magat Watershed and Casecnan Watershed in Nueva Vizcaya; and Upper Cagayan River Watershed in Quirino, according to a report.
“The water will be beneficial to the people not only for domestic consumption but also for irrigation and other agricultural purposes,” he said.
The DENR Central Office earlier ordered to prioritize the rehabilitation of critical watersheds for 2020.
“The rehabilitation of the critical watershed areas also aims to sustain growth and inclusive peace through the provision of livelihood opportunities and development of forest-based enterprises,” Taguba said.