LLDA River Rehabilitation Program
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LLDA River Rehabilitation Program

Year of Enactment and Implementation 1996
Purpose

Integrated approach to watershed management to arrest the further deterioration of the Laguna de Bay

Overview

In 1996, the Laguna Lake Development Authority launched its River Rehabilitation Program and placed it under its Community Development Division for implementation. The flagship utilizes an integrated approach to watershed management. It takes into account both water quality and quantity in the continuum to the downstream areas of thriving urbanization all the way to the lake basin.

As delineated through LLDA's Netherlands-funded Sustainable Development of Laguna de Bay Environment (SDLBE) project, twenty-four (24) sub-basins (micro-watersheds) comprise the Laguna de Bay Basin. These sub-basins were used as the basic unit for planning and implementation of the river rehabilitation strategies.

Related Presentation:Laguna Lake Development and Management

Features

1. Lakbay Ilog

Undertaken with representatives from concerned Local Government Unit and other stakeholders, the length of a river is trekked, on foot, from where it opens out into the lake up to its headwaters. The physical survey leads to the identification of pollution sources, land-uses, and bio-physical attributes of the sub-basins, which are then used in the preparation of rehabilitation plans. The exercise serves as the first step towards team building and a prelude to the development of a common vision and mission to rehabilitate the river system.

2. Information, Education and Communication (IEC)

Working under the premise that a stakeholder's level of interest to initiate action arises in proportion to the amount of information that he is given regarding in the state of the river within his area of concern, and its significance to his interest and livelihood, IEC campaigns are conducted to mobilize of river protection and rehabilitation.

3. River Rehabilitation and Protection Councils/Foundations

To ensure multi-sectoral participation in the river rehabilitation effort, River Councils, whose members acts as environmental stewards in their own concerns of the Laguna de Bay region, are organized. The formation of the River Rehabilitation and Protection Councils/ Foundations for Laguna de Bay's sub-basins was institutionalizes in 1999 though LLDA Board Resolution No. 114. In 2001, these River Councils/ Foundations were federated and legitimized through the passage of LLDA Board Resolution No. 167. The umbrella organization, the Federation of River Councils/ Foundations, provides overall leadership, guidance and direction to the activities of its member councils. It also serves as a convergence point for the review of sectoral policies and program that impact on the region's resources.

4. Formulation of River Rehabilitation Plans

Participatory planning is undertaken by bringing together representatives from the various sectors (LGU, NGOs, POs, youth and civic organizations, etc.) to formulate realistic strategies to protect and rehabilitate the river. The output is a rehabilitation plan containing the vision, mission, objectives, key result areas and corresponding indicators to be applied for the sub-basin.

5. Environmental Army

The Environmental Army (Hukbong Pangkapaligiran) was organized to undertake the physical clean-up of the River Rehabilitation Program. This army, armed with shovels and pitchforks, is composed mainly of farmers and fisherfolks who are already affected by continuous degradation of the lake. They lead in the clearing of solid wastes, garbage and other debris that obstruct the natural flow of waterways. The group plays a vital role in raising awareness and heightening motivation among various sectors.

6. Water Quality Monitoring

Regular monitoring of the rivers that drain into Laguna de Bay is conducted in coordination with the Monitoring Section of LLDA's Pollution Control Division (PCD). It is a vital component of the River Rehabilitation Program, the result of which are used to determine how effectively the program is being implemented in correlation to improving the lakes water quality.

  • Marikina Sub-Basin
    The biggest sub-basin in the Laguna de Bay Region. It covers the cities of Marikina and Pasig, the municipalities of San Mateo and Rodriguez in Rizal, and the town of Pateros in Metro Manila. Base of the Marikina River Management Council, San Mateo River Management and protection Council, and the Montalban River Rehabilitation and Protection Council.
  • Manggahan Sub-Basin
    Covers the city of Antipolo and the municipalities of Cainta and Taytay in Rizal, and the cities of Marikina and Antipolo. Base of the Taytay River and Environmental Protection Foundation, Inc., and the Samahang Mapagmahal sa Kalikasan.
  • Angono
    Cradles the whole of Angono, Rizal. Base of the Green Movement of Angono, Inc. (GMAI).
  • Morong Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Morong and Teresa in Rizal. Base of the Morong-Teresa River Rehabilitation and Protection Foundation, Inc.
  • Baras
    Cradles the whole municipality of Baras in Rizal. The formation of a multi-sectoral core-group for the sub-basin is ongoing.
  • Tanay Sub-Basin
    Base of the KKB-Rizal (Kilos-Kalikasan sa mga Bayan ng Rizal) and the Tanay Environment Foundation.
  • Pililla Sub-Basin
    Base of the Pililla River and Environmental Development Foundation, Inc.
  • Jala-jala
    Covers the municipalities of Jala-jala and Pililla in Rizal. The formation of a multi-sectoral core-group for the sub-basin is ongoing
  • Sta. Maria Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Sta. Maria, Famy and Mabitac in Laguna. The formation of a multi-sectoral core-group for the sub-basin is ongoing.
  • Siniloan Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Famy, Sta. Maria, Mabitac, Pangil and Siniloan in Laguna. Base of the Siniloan River Rehabilitation and Management Foundation, Inc.
  • Pangil Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Pangil, Pakil and Paete in Lumban. The formation of a multi-secotral core-group for the sub-basin is ongoing.
  • Caliraya Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Cavinti, Kalayaan and Lumban in Laguna. Base of the Pagsanjan-Lumban River Basin Management and Development Foundation, Inc.
  • Pagsanjan Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Luisiana, Cavinti, Majayjay, Magdalena, Pagsanjan, Kalayaan and Lumban in Laguna, and the town of Lucban in Quezon. Base of the Pagsanjan-Lumban River Basin Management and Development Foundation, Inc.
  • Sta Cruz Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Liliw, Magdalena, Sta. Cruz, Majayjay, Rizal and Nagcarlan in Laguna. Base of the LIMAS-MARINA (Liliw-Majayjay-Sta. Cruz-Magdalena-Rizal-Nagcarlan) River Rehabilitation and Protection Foundation, Inc.
  • Pila Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Pila, Victoria and Nagcarlan in Laguna. Base of the PVN (Pila-Victoria-Nagcarlan) River Basin Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc.
  • Calauan Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Bay, Alaminos and Calauan in Laguna, and Sto. Tomas in Batangas. Base of the ________ ng Bae at Calauan Foundation, Inc.
  • Los Baños
    Covers the municipality of Los Baños, Laguna, and the City of Calamba. Base of the Los Baños Science Community Foundation, Inc., and the Calamba Green Stream Brigade Foundation, Inc.
  • San Juan Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Sto. Tomas and Malvan in Batangas, and the cities of Calamba, Tanauan and Lipa. Base of the MTSC (Malvar-Tanauan-Sto. Tomas-Calamba) – San Juan River Protection Foundation, Inc.
  • San Cristobal Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipality of Cabuyao, Laguna, and the cities of Calamba and Tagaytay. Base of the SACRED (San Cristobal River Enhancement Defenders) Foundation, Inc.
  • Cabuyao Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Sta. Rosa and Cabuyao in Laguna, and town of Silang in Cavite.& Base of the S3R2 (___________Silang-Sta. Rosa River Rehabilitation) Foundation, Inc., and the Cabuyao River Rehabilitation Foundation, Inc.
  • Biñan Sub-Basin
    Covers the town of Biñan in Laguna, the municipalities of Silang, General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) and Carmona in Cavite, and the city of Tagaytay. Base of the BISIG-CATA (Biñan-Silang-GMA-Carmona-Tagaytay) River Rehabilitation and Protection Foundation, Inc.
  • San Pedro-Sub-Basin
    Covers the town of San Pedro in Laguna, the municipalities of Dasmariñas, General Mariano Alvarez (GMA) and Silang Cavite, and Tagatay City. Base of the San Pedro River Rehabilitation and Protection Foundation, Inc.
  • Muntinlupa Sub-Basin
    Cradles the city of Muntinlupa and the base of the Muntinlupa City River Rehabilitation and Protection Foundation, Inc.
  • Taguig Sub-Basin
    Covers the municipalities of Taguig and Pateros in Metro Manila. Base of the Taguig Environmental Society Multi-sectoral involvement and support for the protection, rehabilitation and conservation of Laguna de Bay and its Environment.

Source: LLDA website

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