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Chico watershed master plan drafted

TABUK CITY (14 September) -- The regional and provincial technical working group (TWG) recently presented the draft Chico Watershed Master Plan to the members of the Provincial Development Council (PDC) and agencies concerned before its presentation to the Regional Development Council (RDC) for approval.

In an interview with Geronimo Donaal, Co-Chairman of the Provincial Technical Working Group (PTWG), he said that it is vital for the plan to pass through all concerned for proper deliberation to promote continued participatory planning and to provide a venue for discussion for better understanding of the plan and validation of data. It also aims to gather favorable acceptance and endorsement from the LGUs concerned.

Presented by the Regional TWG, the activity provided the participants an overview of the development potentials of the project, problems and concerns of the watershed, spatial development framework, investment plans and how the plan will be implemented.

Providing a background on the plan, Donaal informed that the scheme was conceptualized during the visit of President Gloria Macapagal -Arroyo at Pinukpuk in 2005 where she ordered the formulation of a Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) for the whole stretch of the river.

"During the RDC meeting hosted by the province last November 2005, the Chico River CDP was presented to the body comprising of several project components to include watershed development, environment protection and reforestation and agricultural development and infrastructure support, waste management, power generation through the establishment of mini and micro hydro plants, and eco-tourism development," Donaal said.

The development of the Chico Watershed is part of the North Luzon Quadrangle Development scheme to ensure the availability of water supply for the agricultural needs in the Cordilleras and portions of the Cagayan Valley. (ggd/PIA-Kalinga) [top]

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