DACS adopts Mt. Talomo-Lipadas watershed

By Anthony S. Allada

The Davao Association of Colleges and Schools, Inc. (DACS) recently signed a memorandum of agreement with the Davao City Water District to adopt five hectares inside the Mt. Talomo-Lipadas watershed.

“Adopting a watershed site is a significant and historical moment for us because protecting our watershed is to protect life as well, securing what we have, the cleanest and the abundance of water”, said Danny C. Montaña, DACS President.

Montaña said that they just don’t adopt the site but constant visitation of the place and see what they can do.

“Our expression of support and partnership is not just on the adoption side but more of a hands-on thing in terms of saving our water” he said.

During the MOA signing, DCWD Community Relations and External Affairs Department manager Imelda T. Magsuci gave an overview about the utility’s adopt–a-site project and shared responsibility of both parties.

The adopter shall annually donate 6,000 pesos per hectare for five years and which will be utilized in the reforestation and maintenance activities. These include procurement of seedlings, brushing, staking, holing, planting, weeding, fertilization and administration cost.

DCWD’s counterpart will be to subsidize the other monetary requirements and take charge of the rehabilitation and maintenance of the site. Likewise, the utility will assist adopters in area visits and tree planting activities, provide annual progress report, enlist adopter’s name in the roster of adopters and recognition in the publications.

The adopt-a-site project was initiated by DCWD to enable all sectors of the society to take active part in saving the watersheds. The DACS, as the 77th adopter, has augmented five hectares to the existing 120 hectares adopted in Mt. Talomo-Lipadas watershed. (ASA)




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