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ROXAS CITY – At least 3,000 mahogany tree seedlings were planted on Sept. 12 along the banks of Panay River in Panitan, Capiz , in a bid to boost future water supply of this city and its neighboring areas.
The tree planting activities started from the Water Treatment Plant of the Metro Roxas Water District (MRWD) in Sitio Paslang in Barangay Salocon, Panitan, Capiz.
Led by the Capiz Provincial Task Force on Environmental Protection (CPTFEP), the activity aims to protect the Panay River from soil erosion. The river is the city’s main source of water.
CPTEFP convenor Ruben Gonzales said that MRWD, local officials and residents would care for the newly planted seedlings.
The Department of Environment and Natural Resources provided the group with seedlings.
Participating agencies included the Department of Agrarian Reform, Department of Public Works and Highways, Bureau of Fire Protection, among others.
The 90-kilometer Panay River is MRWD’s source of water. It is converted into potable water through the use of the water district’s new water treatment plant.
The plant, built for P710 million and inaugurated in August last year by President Macapagal Arroyo, is capable of producing 30,000 cubic meters of water per day.
The project was part of the Metro Roxas Water Supply Improvement and Expansion Project and was funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) through the Provincial Cities Water Supply Project V of the Local Water Utilities Administration.
by: Gerry T. Pagharion, The Capiz Times