ILOILO – As part of his campaign to protect the environment, Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. is embarking on stream bank reforestation to prevent bank erosion and siltation of rivers in the province.
The project is part of his Rainwater Harvesting and Watershed Board Strengthening Program under the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office.
It started last year with the following river systems covering a total of 193,330 linear meters of river banks:
*Alacaygan River in Banate,
*Agutuyan River in San Enrique,
*Ulian River in Lambunao
*Barotac Viejo River in Barotac Viejo,
*Assue River in Lemery,
*Sibajao River in Balasan,
*Hanipaan River in Zarraga,
*Siwaragan River in San Joaquin,
*Garg-ao River in Tubungan, and
*Sibalum River in Leon.
A total of 3,333 seedlings of endemic trees were planted in each riverbank to stabilize it against scouring, flooding and erosion. The reforestation can also provide for terrestrial habitat and regulate microclimate on streams.
Taken from Iloilo’s 20% Development Fund, the province spent P290,000 to implement the project and P300,000 will be spend this year for the same.
The governor released the funds for the reforestation of additional 60,000 linear meters of stream bank in five rivers to wit:
*Assue River in Brgy. Agbobolo, Ajuy
*Aganan River in Brgys. Sta. Cruz, San Miguel and Bagumbayan in Alimodian
*Jalaud River in Brgy. Tabucan, Barotac Nuevo
*Tangyan River in Brgy. Igtalongon, Igbaras and
*Sibalom River in Brgy. Poblacion 1, Tigbuan.
To ensure the sustainability of the project, a memorandum of agreement is entered into between the barangay, people’s organization and the province. (Jezza A. Nepomoceno/Capitol News)