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AVLDA leads bamboo planting in Kematu, T'boli

Koronadal City (28 November) -- A massive Bamboo planting in Sitio Tunnel, Kematu, T'boli was initiated by the Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA) and Tribal Mining Corporation (TMC) together with environment stakeholders in South Cotabato under the Riparian Zone Revegetation program.

Peter Carbon, AVLDA's project officer for South Cotabato said, "Riparian zones are areas near bodies of water, like rivers and streams and creeks or wherever water flows. Within 20 meters from the river, the area is owned by the government."

"Lives of people and houses of land claimants living alaong the area here may be affected by flooding and soil erosion, that is why, to protect the lives of the people in this community, the AVLDA has initiated this program," Carbon added.

He also said, "despite the lack of funds, we have acquired the support of Tribal Mining Corporation to be adoptor of this area."

Dibu Tuan of TMC said, "we will sponsor 4 kilometers of riparian zone in our area, including its tree guard, seedlings, planting materials and manpower to plant the kawayan seedlings while some cost will be from the LGU and alliance as well. Initially, we will start only with 2 km revegetation of the riparian zone here in Kematu."

TMC is set to restart its operation by this month of October. Tuan said,. "while we go after what we can get from the mining industry, it is also our responsibility to protect our environment, land and water, and not to abuse it so that the next generation will also enjoy our rich resources."

The Riparian Zone Revegetation program is part of AVLDA's programs to protect the Allah Valley environs.

Other Riparian Area adoptors in South Cotabato are Upland Banana Corporation, Mahintana Foundation, Surallah Water District, Koronadal City Water District, KCC Mall of Marbel, Biotech Farms, Sagittarius Mines Inc. (SMI), Land Bank of the Philippines and SOCOTECO. (kaye/PIA/aca) [top]

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