Davao mayor approves compensation of forest guards

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio on Thursday, June 29, said she will allocate budget for the compensation of 200 forest guards from four villages near Tamugan River for protecting the condition of the water in the river.

Duterte-Carpio, during the 5th Watershed Summit held at The Ritz Hotel Garden Oasis, said she will approve the request of Obu Manuvu tribe leader Lipatuan Joel Unad to compensate the forest guards.

The mayor said she appreciated the efforts done by the forest guards in protecting the river against illegal logging and other destructive actions done by various people that could harm the water in Tamugan River.

"I still have to assess, together with my team, on how much money we are going to allocate for them. Yet, I assure that there will be an allocated money for each and every forest guard," she said.

Unad said the allocation of the money will be a great help in sustaining the lives of the forest guards in their communities, being the immediate implementers of the river protection.

Duterte-Carpio also talked about the budget allocation for the environment protection initiated by non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the city like the Interface Development Interventions and The Philippine Eagle Foundation.

She said the city mayor's office (CMO) was not able to prioritize these NGOs in the budget allocation last year. Thus, she assured that the CMO will provide assistance this year to support the advocacy on watershed protection.

"The problem with us giving NGOs budget is they do not know the proper way and implementation of the money use," Duterte-Carpio said.

She added that she will instruct the City Planning and Development Office to assist the environment related NGO's on the rules and regulations on utilizing government money.
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