Irrigation is a serious concern in the municipality of Buguias, Benguet where agriculture is the primary source of livelihood. This encouraged more than fifty community members from Barangay Natubleng and the Municipality of Buguias to participate in the tree planting activity held in Natubleng, Buguias, Benguet last August 28, 2015.
Almost 700 trees were planted near the Lamut creek, a tributary of the Amburayan River. This will serve to increase the water volume of the river which irrigates many agricultural lands in the upstream and downstream areas.
The activity is part of a series of tree planting activities hosted by JVOFI which aims to plant at least 13,000 trees every year for three years in the provinces of Benguet, Ilocos Sur and La Union. The trees planted will serve to reforest Amburayan River’s watersheds, stabilize its riverbanks, filter pollutants and reduce flood hazards.
Protecting and Defending the Amburayan River Basin and Watershed through Good Governance and Active Peoples’ Participation is a project funded by the USAID through the Gerry Roxas Foundation and is implemented by the Jaime V. Ongpin Foundation Inc. (JVOFI). Flynn V. Ayugat