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World Water Day is an annual observance day on 22 of March to highlight the importance of fresh water source. It is an opportunity to look back and show support and get inspired to take action on the campaign called “The Answer is in Nature” and raises awareness of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS). The central message focused that NBS, such as planting trees to replenish forests and restoring wetlands, is a sustainable and cost-effective way to help replenish the water cycle, mitigate the effects of climate change and improve human health and livelihoods.

To be one with the world-wide boosterism, Metro Carigara Water District celebrated World Water Day to strive in tree growing activity as part of its Water Stewardship Program. Simultaneously, a water safety forum was conducted at the MCWD Settling Compound in Brgy. Macalpi, Carigara, Leyte. Associated with the theme, “Nature for Water”, the Water safety forum aims to generate collaborative discussions in raising awareness and inspiring action as well as bringing focus on Water Safety Plan (WSP) Report, Water quality Issues, Disaster Preparedness and Watershed Protection.

The event was participated by different schools, agencies and stake holders from the towns of Carigara, Tunga, Barugo and Capoocan: Camansi Elementary School, Cassidy Elementary School, Cong. Alberto T. Aguja Memorial Central School, Guindapunan Elementary School and Macalpi Elementary School, Asuncion S. Melgar National High School, Barugo National High School, Calingcaguing National High School, Carigara National High School, Carigara National Vocational School, Celestino De Guzman Memorial National High school, Gregorio C. Catenza National High School, Sogod National High School, Holy Cross College of Carigara, AFP-CMO NCO Task Group, BFP Barugo Fire Station , BFP Carigara Fire Station, BFP Capoocan Fire Station , BFP Tunga Fire Station, BJMP Carigara District Jail, Brgy. San Isidro Farmers Association, Carigara Municipal Police Station, Department of Public Works and Highways 2nd Leyte District Eng’g office, Leyeco III, LGU municipal Carigara, MDRRM office, Our Lady of Refuge Hospital, RHU Carigara Municipal Health Office, RHU Capoocan-Municipal Health office, Sangkay ko, SB Office- Carigara, St. Joseph Academy of Barugo, Inc. , Tunga Municipal Police Station and 804th Maneuver company RMFB8. Capped with enthusiasm and cheerfulness, the participants joined MCWD’s advocacy to plant and nurture their adopted tress.

Planting trees is vital, it contributes to the environment by providing oxygen, improving air quality and conserve water. MCWD inspired by their Adamant Cry “Nature for Water” worked hand in hand with the attendees of this year and accepted the challenge to nurse trees as part of the rehabilitation and protection of the watershed. (J. Lawaan)

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