DAVAO CITY – A memorandum of agreement was signed on Tuesday afternoon, May 16 between the Therma South Incorporated (TSI) of Aboitiz Power Corporation and its host communities aimed to implement programs that will ensure the protection of the river systems and creeks in barangays Binugao, Toril, Davao City and Inawayan in Sta. Cruz town, Davao del Sur.
The MOA was signed under the program “Adopt an Estero/Waterbody Program” of the TSI that will cover the Inawayan River and the Macaraing Creek in Binugao.
The signing was led by Engr. Valentin S. Saludes III, vice president and plant manager of TSI, together with the representatives of barangays Binugao and Inawayan and the Environmental Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Davao region.
Jason Magnaye, manager of the Reputation and Stakeholder Management (RSM) of TSI emphasized that the program will not only focus on the protection of the river systems and creeks their host communities but also signifies the company’s continued support to partner communities.
He said that TSI sits in a 75-hectare land with portions included in the political subdivisions of Davao City and Sta. Cruz town.
“We want to ensure that our river systems and creeks are clean because water is life. This is for our children and the future generation,” Saludes said in his message during the ceremony.
He also expressed gratitude to the host communities for helping the company in its environmental programs.
Saludes also pointed out that the “Adopt an Estero/Waterbody Program” is not only for the purpose of compliance with government regulations.
“This is a responsibility of the company to ensure that the surrounding waters in the area are potable for everyone,” he said.
TSI, as stipulated in the MOA, is tasked to take the lead in clean-up drives in the adopted river and creek and to pursue information education campaigns on the importance of riverbank stabilization and river protection.
The company will also provide assistance in funding for the protection efforts of the river and creek in the community and supply the necessary equipment to ensure that geo-tagging is undertaken in every activity of the parties.
The MOA also said that host communities will take the lead in the mobilization of residents in every clean-up and river enhancement activities.
Landowners near the river banks and creeks will also be coordinated by local officials and inform them of their responsibilities in helping taking care of planted trees.
The local governments of Inawayan and Binugao must also ensure of the enactment of an ordinance that will strengthen solid waste management policies within their areas of jurisdiction, the MOA said. (davaotoday.com)