𝐃𝐄𝐍𝐑-𝟏𝟐 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐋𝐆𝐔 𝐊𝐢𝐝𝐚𝐩𝐚𝐰𝐚𝐧 𝐩𝐮𝐬𝐡 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚 𝟓𝟎-𝐡𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐡𝐞𝐝 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐫𝐯𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐨𝐧
𝐊𝐨𝐫𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐝𝐚𝐥 𝐂𝐢𝐭𝐲, 𝐒𝐨𝐮𝐭𝐡 𝐂𝐨𝐭𝐚𝐛𝐚𝐭𝐨 – The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) – 12 in partnership with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Kidapawan City initially discussed pushing for a 50-hectare watershed reservation and other future collaborations during a courtesy visit with Kidapawan City Mayor Atty. Jose Paolo M. Evangelista on February 13.
Accordingly, it was discussed by the DENR-12 through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources (PENR) Officer of Cotabato Radzak B. Sinarimbo, Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENR) Officer of Matalam For. Abdulnagib T. Ringia and Deputy Protected Area Superintendent (PASU) of Mt. Apo Natural Park (MANP) Mary Eve Nachon with the LGU of Kidapawan City that there will be a proposal for the establishment of a nursery site through a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).
In that vision, DENR-12 and LGU Kidapawan City would push for a 50-hectare watershed reservation area and will schedule a PAMB presentation to the Sangguniang Panglungsod for its adoption by the three LGUs of Kidapawan, Magpet, and Makilala. Upon completion of the Canopy '25 program where the City of Kidapawan was committed to planting and nurturing 2.5 million trees, a proposed declaration of Local Watershed Area must be implemented afterward.
According to City Mayor Evangelista, the planned partnership would provide a chance to demonstrate and educate the public and the national government about the area’s best practices. He also anticipated that by 2025, more budgetary proposals and perhaps more funding would be available to support a longer-lasting partnership aimed at restoring and protecting the environment. Greater attention should be paid to a long-term partnership.
Further, PENR Officer Sinarimbo reaffirmed the commitment to protecting and improving the watershed regions to boost water resource availability and encourage partnerships with local government entities and other stakeholders. Along with protecting and maintaining the environment and natural resources, this endeavor would bring local government organizations, the department, and other stakeholders together. ### (𝐖𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐈𝐌𝐂𝐢𝐧𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐢𝐞𝐠𝐮𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨𝐬 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐂𝐄𝐍𝐑𝐎 𝐌𝐚𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐚𝐦) | 𝐑𝐒𝐂𝐈𝐆𝐉