State-owned National Power Corp. (Napocor) has awarded the contract for the reforestation of Buhi-Barit Watershed in Barangay Cabatuan in Buhi, Camarines Sur.
According to Napocor President and CEO Ma. Gladys Cruz-Sta. Rita, the P2.67 million contract was awarded to Bicol Upland Resources Development Foundation, Inc. (BURDFI).
Sta. Rita said the project aims to rehabilitate the 30 hectares of open and denuded areas of the Camarines Sur watershed through reforestation.
The project is designed to bring back the forest cover that will consequently improve its water-holding capacity, carbon sequestration and support to power-generating plants.
The funding cover for the project will be sourced through the Universal Charge – Environmental Charge as approved by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC).
Napocor Watershed Management Chief Emmanuel Umali said the contract with BURDFI includes perimeter surveying and mapping of the area; production or procurement of the targeted 55,000 seedlings of Narra, Lamog and Amugus; plantation establishment, maintenance and operation; and plantation protection.
Umali said the contract duration with BURDFI is three years.
BURDFI, the winning contractor of the said project, is a non-stock corporation that facilitates projects concerning utilization, rehabilitation, development and conservation of land, coastal and marine resources.
On top of its missionary electrification mandate, Napocor is also tasked to manage 11 watershed systems in the country, including the Buhi-Barit Watershed in Camarines Sur.
The watershed is home to 17 endemic non-dipterocarp species including pili, a tree whose edible nut is one Bicol’s signature products.
Napocor is also set to bid out the P8 million reforestation project to the 100 hectares of watershed areas in Benguet and Pangasinan.
Napocor shall also perform rehabilitation of 1,315 hectares of watershed areas across the country in 2015.
These include reforestation (600 hectares), agroforestry (431 hectares) and planting of minor forest products like coffee, abaca and rattan (284 hectares).