The Caliraya-Lumot Watershed Area

June 22, 2011 Voluntourism

Our group, SABIT Mountaineers, collaborated with the Caliraya-Lumot Watershed Area team for our 6th-anniversary program. As we celebrate six years of incredible adventures, we felt it was the perfect moment to give back, and we decided to contribute by planting trees.

During our recon mission, Vince Concio from the National Power Corporation - Caliraya Lumot Watershed Team (NPC-CLWAT) provided valuable assistance. Concurrently, a team from Hitachi was also engaged in their own tree-planting initiative.

Under Republic Act No. 6395 and Executive Order No. 244, NPC-CLWAT is entrusted with the responsibility of overseeing the area, encompassing the man-made lakes of Caliraya and Lumot, established for power generation purposes. Beyond this, the team collaborates with local residents to promote environmental protection. Vince highlighted how tree-planting activities play a crucial role in fostering environmental awareness among the locals.

Various programs are executed in the region, including watershed rehabilitation, protection and conservation initiatives, institutional arrangements, as well as awareness and livelihood programs. The tree-planting activities fall under the watershed rehabilitation program. To ensure the well-being of the planted trees, the "Sagip Kalikasan Volunteers" group was established to combat illegal activities like kaingin (slash-and-burn farming).

Emphasizing the importance of biodiversity conservation, Vince encouraged participants to use native species in their tree-planting efforts. Introducing non-native species, such as mahogany, Gmelina, Acacia sp. falcate, and eucalyptus, poses a threat to the local biodiversity. Haribon, a renowned environmental group, referred us to Vince's team.

SABIT's upcoming tree-planting program is scheduled for June 25, and participants are encouraged to contribute Php 100.00 for seedlings, covering land preparation and maintenance. As of now, there are already pledges for 75 seedlings, marking a positive start to the initiative.

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