Friday, April 08, 2016
By: Danica Guieb
SINCE the demolition of informal settlers inside the Busol watershed seems to be impossible due to several factors, the fencing was seen to minimize the risk of building new structures in the area.
Department of Natural Resources Regional Director Ralph Pablo told Sun.Star the agency is looking to complete the fencing within the year.
“Kapag natapos na ang fencing sa Busol which we expect to be done soon, this will help para hindi na bahayan or pasukin ng mga tao yung mga untouched forest within the area,” said Pablo.
The 1.9 kilometer fence covers the 336 hectares Busol watershed where 101,841 hectares are forested areas, while 37.156 hectares were built up with houses, 156.752 became agricultural areas, 40.899 hectares were open areas with 3.22 kilometers of rivers and creeks and the remaining 11.05 kilometers are roads.
“Hopefully this July 15, matapos na yung fence para and susunod naman na gagawin natin ay to vegetate the area,” Pablo stated.
“Para naman mamonitor natin ang mga pumapasok sa area we will put checkpoints in all exit points so that we could see kung may mga magpapatayo na naman ng building, para sa entrance pa lang mablock na sila,” Pablo added.
According to Pablo, the fence’s budget is P15 million but only P11 million was used.
“The remaining P4 million will be used for the vegetation of the area, magpapatanim tayo ng Chinese bamboo sa mga fence para maging mas matibay at mas effective ito,” Pablo added.
Aside from bamboos, Pine trees will also be planted to the clearing areas within Busol.
“We will require those who have cut the trees and those who have planted highland veggies within the Busol reserve to plant pine trees para alam nila kung gaano kahirap magtanim at mag alaga ng punong kahoy at hindi ito dapat pinuputol lalo at sa watershed pa yung area,” Pablo explained.
“We will assist them, give them pine seedlings at bibigyan din natin sila ng salary para nakakatulong na sila sa kalikasan kumikita pa sila,” Pablo said.
Busol has six forest guards covering 55 hectares each.