COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 839          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   02 September 2015


A forum on watershed management and food security was held on 28 August 2015, lobby, Koronadal City Hall.

Part I.  Presentation of three research studies by graduates of Ateneo de Davao University, Master in Tropical Risk Management (MTRM).

  • Allah Valley Watershed Water continuum municipalities are exposed to danger, being high risk in flooding.
  • Speaker on Koronadal City Roxas Range and B’lok Creek Watershed highlighted the importance of good governance in the management of the watershed.
  • Marbel Watershed, a downstream of Tupi and Tampakan. Danger of siltation.  Probable flooding.  Food security especially in Lutayan, Sultan Kudarat is threatened by flooding.  Mining in Tampakan will be a great threat to the flow of the watershed.  Adverse impact of mining will be huge devastation, reaching as far as Lake Buluan and Liguasan Marsh.

Part II.  Perspective on Political Ecology and their impact on South Cotabato.

  • “Issues and Challenges in the Natural Resources Management in Philippine”, Mr. JaybeeGarganera, AlyansaTigil Mina.
  • “Legislative updates on Mining Development”, Dr. CieloMagno, National Coordinator, Bantay Kita.
  • “The Politics of Ecology in Mindanao”, Dr. Lourdes Simpol, Director, TroPICS, Ateneo de Davao University.

Open forum: Panel of reactors: (1) Arturo Valero, Director, NEDA; (2) Ma. Socorro Lanto/ Director ConstancioPaje, EMB/MGB; (3) Vice Gov. Cecile Diel.

Agreements: (1) create alliances to manage efficiently and effectively the watershed and to secure food; and (2) harmonize existing laws, national and local, to avoid confusion and misunderstandings.

Some 200 participants.

Responsible groups: City of Koronadal Government; Social Action, Diocese of Marbel; Fastenopher (Swiss Catholic Lenten Campaign); TroPICS (Ateneo de Davao University); AlyansaTigil Mina; Bantay Kita; and SoCSKSarGen Care (Care – Convergence of Actions and Responses for Environment)

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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