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Stakeholders dialogue to save Binahaan watershed

Tacloban City (November 25) -- A Stakeholders' Dialogue for the Binahaan River Watershed was held on November 21 at Pongos Hotel in Ormoc City, with "SOS for Binahaan Watershed" as the battlecry.

The Ormoc City Government, the Leyte Metropolitan Water District, Energy Development Corporation, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Department of Trade and Industry, Fiber Industry Development Authority and the barangay officials of Ga-as and Lake Danao sat down to discuss possible actions to arrest the rapid destruction of the Binahaan Watershed while addressing the livelihood needs of the growing upland population within the Binahaan Watershed.

SOS for Binahaan River in Leyte. (PIA 8)

The irreverent felling of old-growth trees in Buenavista, Dagami was noted with alarm. Lands within the watershed are being cleared to give way to abaca plantations and shops which have become lucrative sources of income for the farmers in the area were also observed.

The 37,126-hectare Binahaan Watershed covers the combined 79 barangays of the city of Ormoc and the municipalities of Tanauan, Dagami, Jaro, Tabon-Tabon, Pastrana and Palo while Lake Danao is one of the watershed's most important water reservoirs supplying potable water and irrigation to the greater part of Leyte Island.

It was predicted that the basin will die if the rate of abuse being absorbed by the forest will not be stopped. It is not only potable water that will be affected but also water used for irrigation purposes.

The extent of damage the Binahaan Watershed has sustained due to wanton cutting of trees is alarming, the stakeholders noted.

The stakeholders agreed to embark on a program to protect the source of water to stop activities that may lead to more damage to the Watershed.

The Binahaan Catch Basin in Bgy. Tongonan Ormoc City supplies water to Tacloban City, Palo, Sta. Fe, Dagami, Tan-auan, Pastrana and other municipalities in the waray - waray side of Leyte Island.

The Binahaan Watershed irrigates 6,317 hectares of farmland, and is the water source of the Leyte Metropolitan Water District of Region VIII providing potable water to the Municipalities of Pastrana,Santa Fe,Palo,Tanauan,Tolosa,Tabon-Tabon, Dagami, and Tacloban City. (PIA 8) [top]

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