Kalibo, Aklan, March 17, 2014 (MKWD) – On March 15, 2014, the first batch of Metro Kalibo Water District (MKWD) employees turned volunteers braved the rough waters of the Aklan River to participate in the MKWD Tree-planting Activity at the Galicia Watershed Project in the municipality of Madalag, province of Aklan.
The watershed project has a land area of 150 hectares, all of which were donated by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and comprising 5% of the Aklan River forest reserve. The Aklan River is the longest and largest of the five major river systems in the province, sustaining the agricultural productivity, tourism industry and domestic needs of the province. The project has already covered 82.5 hectares, with 67.5 hectares left to be taken care of in the next three years.
The tree-planting activity on March 15 was the first of two runs, with the second batch slated to gear up around May. The first batch was composed of 30 MKWD employees in total, hailing from different departments like the Finance Division and the Office of the General Manager, Management Information System.