Meet Davao’s ‘Watershed Warriors’

Apr. 25, 2007

They’re young, intelligent, committed — and they have the world on their shoulders.

Starting ‘Em Young. Using a net, these two children try to catch some fish and clean up some debris at the Malagos dam during the youth camp. Apart from having fun, they were taught how to help protect the city’s watershed, which is being abused both by humans and companies. ( photo by Alberto P. Egot Jr.)

By Alberto P. Egot Jr.

DAVAO CITY — They’re young, intelligent, committed — and they have the world on their shoulders.

Meet Davao City’s “Watershed Warriors.”

They are select students from different schools in the city. They are members of the Watershed Management Youth Council (WMYC), a group founded six years ago that aims to protect the city’s watershed, which produces what some said is the best tap water in the country and one of the best tasting in the world.

Early this month, they participated in commemorating Earth Month through a youth camp, which was organized by the group and sponsored by the Davao City Water District. The theme was “A Call for Action on Climate Change.”

One of the activities was an orientation for the youth on how to protect the watershed, which is suffering from abuse by human and industrial activities.

Gone Camping. The participants had a good time communing with nature. ( photo by Alberto P. Egot Jr.)

At the Malagos Park, the WMYC conducted an environment forum with the theme, “Think Crave for Change Act Smarter… Be Different.” During the forum, members expressd their ideas and contributions to the problems affecting the watershed and climate change in general.

“I learned so much and became more mature because I participated in this important mission,” said Jeremiah Caballero, a WMYC member.

“Wherever I go, I try to impart to my fellow youths the importance of the watershed,” said Shenna Maranguit, 20, a WMYC facilitator.

The youth environmentalists also tackled the issue of banana plantations and their aerial spraying of pesticides near the Lipada

Watershed. Residents and other environmentalists have likewise complained about these sprayings. The WMYC says it is committed to fight aerial spraying and determined to work for changes at the environment department.

“Davao’s water is the second cleanest water all over the country,” said Betty Cabazares, executive director of the Kinaiyahan Foundation, an environment NGO. “There must be an aggressive learning about the watershed because only few knows about it.”

  • It is nice to have such watershed warriors but the problem is, the are government is fool enough and dull to regulate such cases (plantation expansion) It is because of the majic word “MONEY” or ” PROFIT”

    Hahahay hanggang program nalang tau nito walang tunay na aksyun!

  • rico

    ok yang mga ganyan dahil habang maaga at sa murang edad alam ng mga batang kng paano pangalagaan ang inang kalikasan…pagpatuloy nyo!!!!!

  • melot

    you did a good job guys! you’re a great example! i hope that the government will also support this project. there is only small percentage ( 3% ? ) of drinkable water in the earth. we have to help and love our mother earth, it is too polluted already. time will come there is no more potable water left. Ipadayon ang maayong buhat!

  • chellamae gales

    It’s very nice to know jud na some of the youths nowadays are involved in this kind of activities. Na instead sa mga other hidden agenda sila maging active diba? hidden agenda like, involvement sa mga bad influences. at tsaka, young palang aware na and nagbibigay importansya sa ating kalikasan…!!!
    That’s good guys! you are really doing the right thing, and you are really proving that you love God, kasi your doing your responsibility as stewards of God’s Creation… -she-21,hcdc#09203261028

  • chellamae gales

    youths are doing the right job,instead of being involved in bad influences, they are now aware of the situatuation of thier environment. its good to act now b4 its 2 late

  • joy hermelle

    im so happy na meron pa palang mga youth na aware at concerns sa environment.And i hope na malayo pa ang mararating nito.

  • ayumi

    its so nice to see that there are young people are active in this organization!
    keep it up guys remember “ang kabataan ang pg asa ng bayan”

  • Chatche repil

    it so nice to know that the youth in davao city are so much concern to our mother nature, when i read there environmental campaign i really touch to them so much..hope the youth today will continue there concern to our environment..

  • smiley

    galing naman nila sana ay marami pa silang mainspire!!! more power to all of you!:)

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