Zambo watershed awaits DENR MOA for expansion PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 31 January 2012 13:31

The city’s watershed cover will be expanded soon as the Department of Environment and Natural Resources or DENR is hammering out a Memorandum of Agreement to be entered into with the Zamboanga City Water District soon.

Water District General Manager Leonardo Vasquez said the MOA once adopted will expand the coverage of the city’s watershed to over 17 thousand hectares of wooded area from its present 10 hectares.

The Water District based on an earlier agreement has taken over custody of the  city’s watershed cover, as it protects the water utility firm’s surface water source, critical to the city’s water supply.

The additional wooded area is currently in the DENR’s care as it completes its reforestation program funded by foreign aid agencies.

Vasquez, appearing with his operations chief and Asst. Manager Alejo Roxas in Cuentas Claras over the weekend hosted by District 2 Rep. Erbie A. Fabian disclosed this move will help bolster the districts forest cover protection effort in a bid to preserve one of only three existing and active watershed reserves in the country.

Vasquez and Roxas pointed out this will in effect dovetail with a bill nearing passage in the senate of Cong Fabian seeking the establishment of a Pasonanca Watershed Forest Reserve in the category of a protected natural park.

Vasquez disclosed the Water District is pouring in much of its resources in the protection and maintenance of the Pasonanca watershed area as it is vital in securing the cover for its surface water source.

The ZCWD is supplying potable water to over 65 thousand consumers in the city as well as customers from the island barangays and nearby provinces who buy potable water from Zamboanga.

The water district officials expressed high hopes, the impending passage of the Fabian bill will reinforce the protection of the area from illegal loggers, poachers and scavengers who cause much destruction in the woodland cover.

The Fabian bill is a step away from passage into law as it nears approval in the upper house before going to Malacanang for certification into law by President Noynoy Aquino.