The Department of Environment and Natural Resources led the preparation and development of an Integrated Watershed Management Plan for the Basey Watershed.press basey

The plan, developed cooperatively with other stakeholders including the National Irrigation Authority (NIA), local government units, Department of Education (DepED), people’s organizations, and other government agencies is intended to effectively manage the resources of Basey Watershed.

Proposed activities under the plan include capability building, watershed characterization, construction of small water impounding system, forest development, rehabilitation, and protection through the National Greening Program (NGP), land surveys, and permit issuance and monitoring of forest resource use.

According to Samar Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer Elpidio Simon, the plan seeks to improve the watershed condition to help address climate change and other issues concerning the stakeholders such as water system, irrigation needs, peace and order, and economic investments. He also adds that the proposed plan, crafted under the principle of Gross National Happiness (GNH), seeks to bring happiness and raise the standard of living in the community while pursuing DENR’s mandate of protecting and conserving the environment.

In his message, DENR 8 Regional Director Leonardo Sibbaluca emphasized that a sustainable watershed provides benefits to communities in many ways. He says “a sustainable watershed minimizes flooding, enables water and power sufficiency, provides vibrant business and industry, healthy population, and productive farmlands.”

DENR Undersecretary for Staff Bureaus Demetrio Ignacio Jr., who graced the strategic planning, assured that the proposed activities under the Plan shall be accorded with proper funding from the office.

The Basey Watershed covers an area of 30,784.21 hectares. It encompasses five (5) barangays classified as timberland and nine (9) barangays classified as alienable and disposable lands in the municipality of Basey, Samar.

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