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Bulacan Government takes over cleaning to preserve Angat Dam
By: PPAO
Tuesday, 05 April 2011
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ADMIRABLE ACCEPTANCE. Gov. Wilhelmino Sy-Alvarado spearheads the signing of a memorandum of agreement between the Provincial Government of Bulacan (PGB), National Power Corporation (NPC) and Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) which states the willingness of PGB to take over in the recovering of usable logs and woods in Angat Reservoir held at Hiyas Pavilion, City of Malolos. Joining them in the picture (L-R) are Board Member Enrique Viudez II, NPC Watershed Management Manager Emmanuel Umali, NPC President and CEO Froilan Tampinco, Vice Gov. Daniel Fernando, DENR Regional Executive Dir. Ricardo Calderon and BENRO head Atty. Rustico de Belen. Inset: Gov. Alvarado while signing the memorandum of agreement. View Larger Image.
CITY OF MALOLOS- The Provincial Government of Bulacan through Gov. Wilhelmino M. Sy-Alvarado enthusiastically accept the offer and signify willingness to undertake the retrieval and clearing operation of the recoverable wood in the Angat Reservoir as settled in the memorandum of agreement signed by the National Power Corporation (NPC), PGB, and DENR held at the Hiyas Pavillion in this city.

According to Froilan Umali, President and CEO of NPC, there are 631 uprooted or felled trees with an estimated volume of 510 cubic meters still in the reservoir as of the initial inventory.
Gov. Alvarado said that there is a need to clear the Angat Dam from floating logs and debris to prevent adverse effects to the water quality and environment.

“Aside from cleaning the watershed, the recoverable wood or lumber will be used for infrastructural projects of the government such as construction of school buildings, desks and chairs,” added Alvarado.

As stated in the memorandum, PGB through Bulacan Environment and Natural Resources Office (BENRO) has option to engage the services of accredited contractor subject to Terms of Reference (TOR) of the MOA and also need to secure necessary transport permit for every shipment from the DENR.
NPC will also issue the certificate of origin, gate passes and land use permit for stockpiling and other necessary areas.

In line with this, Gov. Alvarado also signed the executive order no. GO-2011-66 which deputizes the members of Sagip Sierra Madre Environmental Society Inc. (SMMESI), Police Hotline Movement, Inc., Buklod Unlad ng Dalitang Masang Umaasa sa Kalikasan (Bundok Inc.) and Dumagat Provincial Consultative Body as BENRO Forest Rangers or Bantay Gubat who will make sure that the Angat watershed is protected.

Included in their responsibilities are 1) investigation of any form of violation against the law protecting the environment; (2) report and arrest even without warrant whoever violates the law, confiscate (with the help of PNP, BENRO and DENR) materials, equipment and vehicles used in the offense (3) filing of case against the law violators; (4) help increase public awareness through information dissemination (5) and submit monthly reports on the progress of their task to the governor.

“Angat watershed’s biodiversity needs to be protected and preserved. I am encouraging all Bulakenyos to oversee and be involved in the efforts to save our natural resources. Our province had been blessed with abundant richness of nature, and in return, Bulakenyos should mainly benefit from it,” said Alvarado. ###

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