MWSS partner with DENR to ensure water supply
Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System (MWSS) intends to maintain its partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) to ensure the country’s water supply.
MWSS Administrator Reynaldo Velasco has earlier lauded the decision of Environment Secretary Roy Cimatu to throw his full support to the Annual Million Tree Challenge (AMTC).
As the MWSS prepares to celebrate its 140th founding anniversary in February 2018, it launched the Annual Million Tree Challenge, a reforestation project to benefit the six critical watersheds.
AMTC aims to plant a million trees for the duration of the Duterte Administration.
Launched last June at Ipo Dam, AMTC already exceeded the one million trees target. Multi-partite stakeholders particularly pledged some 1.5 million trees.
Cimatu also approved the creation of a multi-agency task force through a joint circular involving other agencies such as the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), Department of Education (DepEd), local government units (LGUs), Laguna Lake Development Authority (LLDA) and National Power Corp. as well as the formation of respective watershed management councils similar to the La Mesa Watershed Management Council that recently approved a 25-year sustainable plan.
“Recognizing the importance of watersheds in supporting the water supply of Metro Manila and adjoining provinces, MWSS has embarked on projects geared towards the sustainable management of watersheds,” MWSS said in a statement.