ZCWD prepares 60,000 seedlings for watershed PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 19 May 2012 14:30

The Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) has so far propagated 60,0000 seedlings to be planted in some 300 hectares of denuded areas inside the watershed in Barangay Pasonanca, this city.  

Aside from reforesting the watershed, the ZCWD will also provide seedlings to agencies or groups involved in the National Greening Program (NGP) that aims to plant a billion and a half trees until 2016.

ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez said an initial 16 to 17 hectares will be planted with narra, yakal, lawaan and other forest trees.

Vasquez said the clonal nursery has also propagated seedlings for gmelina, mahogany, and other tree species endemic in the area.

Last year, the ZCWD spent about P 19 million in replanting seedlings in 12 hectares of the watershed area.

For this year, the fund needed might reach up to P21 million for reforesting the watershed area.

Last week, the ZCWD led media and some city government officials for a tour of the clonal nursery and the intake dam inside the watershed.

The Pasonanca watershed, the source of drinking water of Zamboanga City, covers a land area of 12,107 hectares and 5,307 hectares of buffer zone.

Aside from this main watershed, the six proposed community watersheds are Vitali River Watershed, Curuan River Watershed, Bolong River Watershed, Manicahan River Watershed, Culianan River Watershed and the Ayala River Watershed.

These watersheds are in the east coast of the city except the Ayala watershed which is in the west coast.