Reforestation revives ‘baboy ihalas’ population in Davao watershed

September 29th, 2015 by

MEMBERS of the Bantay Bukid, a Watershed Management Council (WMC)-deputized forest guard volunteer group, have reported frequent sightings of the native wild pigs along the slopes of Mt. Tipolog, in Barangay Tawantawan, in the Panigan-Tamugan Watershed.

“In previous years, we have rarely seen the baboy ihalas in these parts. Now, we encounter them frequently, especially when we conduct our regular inspection trek of Mt. Tipolog,” said Stephen Matondo, Bagobo tribal elder and Bantay Bukid team leader for the Sumpitan area.

The Philippine warty pig, Sus philippinensis, is categorized by the International Union of Conservation for Nature (IUCN) as a Vulnerable species due to habitat loss, over-hunting and genetic hybridization. Click to Read more >>

Envi group urges Dabawenyos to save rainwater

September 28th, 2015 by

DAVAO CITY- The Interface Development Interventions (IDIS) urged Dabawenyos to take advantage of the rainy season by harvesting rainwater for household use.

The local government passed a Davao City Rainwater Ordinance in 2009, mandating the establishment of rainwater catching systems (RCS) in newly built residences and buildings.

The policy was formulated to promote the storage and usage of rainwater for non-potable use.

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Take advantage of rainy season, catch rainwater

September 27th, 2015 by

DAVAO CITY—An environmental group has appealed to residents to take advantage of the wet season “by harvesting rainwater for household use.”

“Harvesting rainwater for domestic or industrial use will lessen our water-utility bills, since we won’t waste drinking water for flushing toilets, cleaning households or for watering gardens,” said Mark Penalver, policy advocacy specialist of the Interface Development Interventions (Idis), a non-governmental representative to the city government-formed Watershed Management Council. Penalver said the stored water from the rains “can reduce the effects of storm water peak flow and surface runoff.”

“Imagine if every building in the city has a rain-catching storage, there will be less flooding in the streets and less erosion of floodwater canals,” Penalver said.

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