Group eyes firms sup­port on wa­ter shed pro­tec­tion

Sun.Star Pampanga - - TOPSTORIES! - BY REYNALDO G. NAVALES Sun.Star Staff Re­porter

AN­GE­LES CITY — A newly-formed green or­ga­ni­za­tion is eye­ing the sup­port of var­i­ous com­pa­nies in on wa­ter stew­ard­ship and wa­ter shed pr ot ect i on.

The Pam­panga Agu­man Da Reng Talain­gat Danum (PADRTD), headed by busi­ness­man Louie Reyes, is set to co­or­di­nate with all stake­hold­ers in­clud­ing the cor­po­rate its projects to en­sure the suf­fi­cient wa­ter sup­ply for fu­ture gen­erat i ons.

The group’s of­fi­cers stated that they will sev­eral com­pa­nies around the Metro Clark area uti­lize a big vol­ume of wa­ter.

Reyes, a for­mer city coun­cilor here, said that the or­ga­ni­za­tion has al­ready ap­plied for a Se­cu­ri­ties and Ex­change Com­mis­sion (SEC) reg­is­tra­tion to sup­port the im­ple­men­ta­tion of its projects.

Re­nato “Abong” Tayag Jr, an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist and mem­bers of the PADRTD, has un­der­scored the need to re­for­est Barangay Sa­pang Bato and other ad­ja­cent up­land vil­lages which serves as wa­ter­shed of the city and other nearby places in­clud­ing Ma­bal­a­cat City.

Paolo Pa­gad­uan, project man­ager of the World Wide Fund for Na­ture Philip­pines (WWF), re­cently met with of­fi­cers and mem­bers of the PADRTD and dis­cussed sev­eral prin­ci­ples re­gard­ing wa­ter stew­ard­ship and en­vi­ron­ment project im­ple­men­ta­tion.

“We call the pro­gram wa­ter stew­ard­ship, pri­mar­ily this is for get­ting sup­port from cor­po­rates. Ob­vi­ously, we need re­sources to move and do what we want to do,” Pa­gad­uan said.

The or­ga­ni­za­tion is set to im­ple­ment a hy­draulic ram pump project which will serve as ir­ri­gation for tree seedlings that will be planted at the Sa­pang Bato area.

Reyes said the ram pump will not not use en­ergy and will rely on gr avi t y.

With the ram pump, wa­ter from a spring or stream in a val­ley can be pumped to a vil­lage or ir­ri­gation scheme on the hill­side.

Wher­ever a fall of wa­ter can be ob­tained, the ram pump can be used as a com­par­a­tively cheap, sim­ple, and re­li­able means of rais­ing wa­ter to con­sid­er­able hei ght s.

Ian Ocampo Flora

FAM­ILY MART OPEN­ING. Fam­ily Mart Gen­eral Man­ager Roald Yap, Jon Galang, Dolores Barangay Cap­tain Vilma Caluag, Ber­nadette Galang and Jen­nifer Galang-Lao lead the open­ing of the Fam­ily Mart Starshop Branch in Barangay Bal­iti, City of San Fer­nando.—

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