USAID’s Protect Wildlife project joined partners in Brooke’s Point municipality in Palawan in celebrating World Water Day by promoting efforts to protect and conserve the Tigaplan watershed, one of the town’s major source of water.
Protect Wildlife is assisting two waterworks units in Brooke’s Point to allocate part of their revenues as payment for ecosystem services, which will fund the conservation of their watersheds. These watersheds are situated inside the Mount Mantalingahan Protected Landscape and are important habitats for Palawan wildlife.
To jumpstart these conservation efforts, Brooke’s Point Mayor Mary Jean Feliciano led the ceremonial activities hosted by Protect Wildlife to signify the town’s commitment to earmark funds for the protection and rehabilitation of their watersheds. Mayor Feliciano, together with partners from the municipal government, local waterworks and indigenous Palawan communities, planted around 150 fruit-bearing trees inside the Tigaplan watershed, near the town’s water filtration facility. Palawan elders also performed an indigenous ritual offering to pay respect to the forest and the watershed, where all Brooke’s Point residents get their supply of water. (PWP/ Lawrence San Diego)