To start the year, 71 Bantay Bukid volunteers conducted biodiversity monitoring, with an increase in the number of species recorded compared to last quarter’s patrol.
They planted over 800 seedlings in our riverbanks and monitored previously planted areas to replace seedling mortality due to El Niño. They also continued protecting our river waters from waste pollution, collecting up to 110 kilos of garbage from 4 clean-up drives.
Our volunteers likewise committed to help in the monitoring of the reported Tabak – Kalatong illegal entry, occupation and poaching in the ancestral domain of the Obu-Manuvu in Brgy. Carmen.
- Enforcement on Environmental Laws – one incident of illegal fishing violating the City’s Watershed Code reported in March documented
- Biodiversity Monitoring and Reforestation – Trek to Mt. Tipolog last March 2019 showed sixty six (66) species of trees and plants, forty (40) species of mammals, five (5) species of birds, one (1) species of amphibians identified using their local terms.
- River Monitoring – Amount of garbage collected in riverbanks more than doubled with 110 kilos compared to last year’s 43 kilos. The water quality in Panigan-Tamugan river remains to be of high quality Class A based on the community-based water monitoring measuring basic parameters.
- Organizational activities and Community Action – 7 Organizational Activities, 8 LGU/Community Activities, 4 Participation to CSO events including bayanihan to clear trails for students/farmers and help in securing water for community, participation to BLGU flag ceremonies for watershed reporting/updating, planning for Davao City integrated watershed management and zero waste month celebration.
For government action:
- Establishment of materials recovery facility and garbage collection points
- Strict implementation and monitoring of Solid Waste Management and other ordinances in watershed areas
- Kalatong-Tabak tree poaching and illegal entry
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