/ 18 November 2022

THE DEPARTMENT of Education Schools Division Superintendent’s Office in Rizal province signed a partnership with the Masungi Georeserve Foundation for a localized watershed education program.

Masungi Georeserve said that the project aims to enable K-12 science teachers to integrate watershed education and awareness of the Upper Marikina Watershed into their curriculum or lesson plans.

Dr. Susan Orbiana, DepEd Rizal SDO superintendent, welcomed Masungi’s initiative.

“With experts and advocates like you [Masungi Georeserve], we are able to hold hands together and come up with these kinds of activities and materials for our teachers to be able to really educate our children para matanim sa puso nila kung ano ang responsibilidad nila sa Inang Kalikasan,” Orbiana said.

Meanwhile, Billie Dumaliang, a trustee of Masungi Georeserve Foundation, explained that they could not save the watershed alone and they need to empower more citizens, including the youth, to take cognizance and care of the watershed against destructive activities.

The foundation will train teachers from different Rizal towns and from the cities of Pasig and Marikina.

Rizal, Marikina and Pasig benefit from the Upper Marikina Watershed’s regulation of water flow and decreased risk of flooding and landslides.