AMTC participants target to plant 1.2 million trees this year
Metropolitan Water Works and Sewerage System (MWSS) said the participants of its Annual Million Tree Challenge (AMTC), which includes its two water concessionaires, have committed to plant over 1.2 million trees this year under the program.
This was revealed by MWSS Administrator Reynaldo V. Velasco during a meeting last week with concerned agencies and organizations to firm up their commitments and discuss the status on the tree-planting activities of AMTC, the watershed situation at the Ipo Watershed and La Mesa Dam, as well as other watershed matters.
“I am happy to report that for this year  commitments to the AMTC by our partner agencies and other organizations have reached 1,284,500 million trees,” Velasco said.
“This is a welcome contribution to our program to sustain our watersheds, particularly during these times of unpredictable weather brought about by climate change and global warming,” he added.
Launched only last year, AMTC has surpassed its one million trees target in 2017.
Statistics obtained from MWSS revealed that of this number, MWSS CO has planted 2,000 trees; MWSS RO, 20,000; DENR Reg III, 496,000; DENR Reg IV-A, 296,000; DENR NCR, 137,700; World Wide Fund (WWF) with 43,500 trees planted; and UP Mountaineers, 500.
West Zone concessionaire Maynilad also realized its commitment of 130,000 to help save the watersheds from denudation.
East Zone concessionaire Manila Water, on the other hand, in collaboration with ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation, Inc (ALKFI) has reforested La Mesa Dam. Also, as part of its commitment to the AMTC, Manila Water nurtured and protected 86,000 trees.
The AMTC envisions the planting of one million trees for five years in support of the Duterte administration’s campaign to reforest the Philippines.
It is aligned with the government’s Enhanced National Greening Program, one of the priority programs of the DENR.
It specifically is for the benefit of six watersheds — Angat, Ipo, La Mesa, Laguna Lake, Marikina, and Umiray — vital water resources that need to be protected from floods and other natural disasters.