Busol needs more fund

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Thursday, July 17, 2014

THE perimeter fencing of Busol watershed needs more funding.

Mayor Mauricio Domogan during a Kapihan held July 16 said the Baguio Water District, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the Baguio Regreening Movement and the City Government are already working on the perimeter fencing of the Baguio portion of Busol watershed.

"This is Busol watershed and not a residential area," Domogan said adding the fencing is needed to prevent more intruders into the area.


He emphasized this project is very important "to protect the remaining watershed that we have in the city."

The stakeholders all agreed to start the fencing along the critical areas, which may possibly be encroached by illegal settlers.

Although the stakeholders are now surveying the land, the mayor said they still lack budget to finance the P32.8 million worth fencing project.

Domogan hopes donors will come to them and contribute.

"Sa mga individuals, owners, as well as managers ng corporations, kailangan namin ang inyong tulong para sa funding ng fencing," he said.

On June 11, the stakeholders convened along with a representative from La Trinidad, Benguet which shares a larger portion of the Busol watershed.

Benguet also has its own effort in protecting its share of the watershed because portions are also challenged with gardeners and illegal settlers in the area.

Domogan fears these settlers will transfer to the share of Baguio City, which is why they had to coordinate with them.

The city mayor hopes the barangay officials of Aurora Hill will help them address the issue of illegal settlers.

The fencing of Busol watershed was revived after the Supreme Court lifted the temporary restraining order and injunction issued by the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples against the Baguio City Government for its bid to demolish illegal structures in the watershed.

With this Domogan also earlier maintained the demolition of around 900 illegal structures (as of 2009) in the watershed will push through.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on July 18, 2014.

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