Presidential Communications Operations Office

  PIA Bldg, Visayas Ave, Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
  Friday, 18 October 2019 News Before 1 Feb 2012. Click for Latest
Web PIA  
 << October 2019 >> 
1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31
Special News Editions:
PIA Specials:
NEW! Cabinet Officials
Jobs.Slides.Specials.Ads. Events.ASEAN.Multimedia
Visitors since 15 Feb 2011:
PIA News Archive:
PIA Archive News Reader

PIA Press Release

QC's La Mesa Park can be replicated

by Mai Gevera

Davao City (27 November) -- In the recently held 1st Davao Biodiversity Summit at the Marco Polo Hotel Thursday (November 25), various stakeholders learned from the La Mesa Park experience, considered a concrete example of private-public partnership.

La Mesa Eco Park administrator David Pardo shared how ABS-CBN Foundation created Bantay Kalikasan (Nature Watch) in 1999 and partnered with the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) to implement the "Save La Mesa Watershed Project". The project aimed to rehabilitate, reforest, preserve and protect the La Mesa Watershed after experiencing problems on poaching, logging, and illegal settling.

Bantay Kalikasan also involved the public in its effort of preserving the park. Through its Adopt-A-Tree/Protect-A-Hectare program, there was a sense of public ownership along with the private and government sectors initiating the project.

To sustain the Save La Mesa Watershed Project, Bantay Kalikasan partnered with the MWSS and the Quezon City Government to rehabilitate and renovate a 33-hectare public park located right outside the natural boundaries of the watershed, 40 meters below the reservoir. In September of 2004, it was renamed La Mesa Ecopark and reopened to the public. All revenues generated by La Mesa Ecopark are utilized for the continuous management and protection of La Mesa Watershed.

Pardo stressed the need for credibility and integrity of a certain organization for it to get the trust of the people.

"This way, it won't be difficult for one to get the support of everybody," he said.

The 1st Davao Biodiversity Summit gathered the commitment of public and private sectors in the community. Among those who expressed commitment are Environment and Natural resources Regional Director Jim Sampulna, Tourism Regional Director Arturo Boncato Jr., Health Regional Director Teogenes Baluma, Davao del Norte Governor Rodolfo del Rosario, Davao del Sur Governor Douglas Cagas, Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon, Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy, and City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte. (PIA XI) [top]

|«  prev  next  »|
»DENR exec urges line agencies to coordinate with LGUs
»BIR eyes one-stop shop in Davao City
»QC's La Mesa Park can be replicated
»Panabo museum agri-industrial, cultural halls ready
»Uy respects consumer's preference
»DA-RFU-XI turns over new tractor for Davao Norte's corn program
»Feature: Biodiversity our Life support system
»La Mesa Watershed experience cited in biodiversity summit
»Cebuano News: 7 ka SK Chairperson sa Pantukan nagpakitabang kang Gov. Uy
»Philippine CeC Roadmap for 2011-2016 turns CeC wheel to rural barangays
|«  prev  next  »|

Philippine Official Gazette | Office of the President | Presidential Communications Operations Office
For comments and feedback, please email PIA Newsdesk
Copyright © 2005 Philippine Information Agency
PIA Building, Visayas Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City 1101 Philippines