MNWD, ADNUGAA ink MOA to strengthen partnership effort in MINP

Time and again, collaboration with agencies, civic organizations, and other stakeholders proved to be vital to the success of the various projects and programs on environmental protection of the Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD). It is on this premise that the MNWD and the Ateneo de Naga University General Alumni Association (ADNUGAA) sealed partnership on Watershed Rehabilitation, Protection and Community Development to ensure water sustainability and environmental integrity of the Mt. Isarog Natural Park (MINP) last February 22, 2020 at the Ateneo de Naga University Main Building, Ateneo Avenue, Naga City.

Signed by ADNUGAA President Judge Jose Agualada III and OIC-Department Manager Vicente Aniceto D. Rubio, this partnership intends to integrate ADNU alumni, faculty, and students on numerous activities related to Environmental Conservation, Watershed Development and Protection including Community Development projects of MNWD.

MNWD Representatives led by BOD Chairman Jorge T. Palma and OIC-Department Manager Vicente Aniceto D. Rubio (seated, 3rd from right) during the MOA signing with ADNUGAA Board headed by Judge Jose B. Agualada III (seated, 3rd from left).

The MoA also encourages the participation of all alumni in community development, outreach and environmental activities to promote awareness and community involvement for the environment. Further, ADNUGAA will help MNWD in the sourcing of funds and other resources in the conduct of various community-based activities and environmental projects subject for the approval of the Board.

Meanwhile, MNWD holds the responsibility in identifying project beneficiaries of proposed activities and providing the manpower requirements who will facilitate the effective implementation of different environmental projects and activities. MNWD will likewise provide planting materials, clean and potable water, resource persons, and other resources in the conduct of environmental and public awareness projects and activities. Lastly, MNWD will coordinate with partners and other stakeholders to ensure project sustainability.

MNWD and ADNUGAA recognize the fact that to achieve environmental integrity and water sustainability, there should be collaboration and active involvement of various sectors and institutions in the implementation of programs. Both understand the shared responsibility and the need for collective efforts especially now that climate change seems unstoppable and continues to endanger our water resources and the environment. (APVSGonzales)