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Cagayan Valley power firm, Ifugao org sign MOU to protect watershed

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (March 29) -- A power firm in Cagayan Valley and a non-government organization in the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR) have recently forged ties to protect and preserve the forest reserves of Ifugao province.

The MOU, signed between SN Aboitiz Power (SNAP)-Magat, Inc. and the Social Action Development Center(SADC) of Ifugao in March 23 at the provincial capitol in Lagawe town aims to curb deforestation and other environmental problems and activities within the Ifugao watershed through the implementation of community - based agro-forestry projects.

The MOU was signed by lawyer Michael C. Hosillos, SNAP Magat Inc?s. Vice President for Corporate Services who represented Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel V. Rubio and Fr. Valentin Dimoc, Head of the Ifugao-Mt. Province Vicariate who represented SADC.

"We need to create more eco-friendly livelihood opportunities and make them available to Ifugao communities primarily our target areas in Tinoc, Hingyon, and Lagawe," Hosillos said in a statement

The community-agro-forestry projects will be carried out on the frontline of Ifugao province's forest cover where deforestation is already evident.

To operationalize the MOU, SNAP-Magat and SADC will implement a partnership called SNAP-SADC Livelihood, Enterprise and Agro-Forestry Development (SNAP-SADC LEAD).

This will serve as a vehicle for the implemention of various programs and projects towards the protection of the watershed through Community and Resource-based Agro Forestry Development or PRO-WATERSHED CRADLE, a program to provide viable alternative to unsustainable practices and protect watershed areas from further denudation.

SNAP Magat owns and operates the 360 megawatt Magat hydroelectric power plant bordering the towns of Ramon, Isabela and Alfonso Lista, Ifugao, while SADC is a non-profit organization advocating and implementing community-based agro forest development projects in Ifugao province.

"This project is very much aligned with our Corporate Social Responsibility thrust of environmental protection for the upstream communities," Hosillos added. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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