The Allah Valley Landscape Development Alliance (AVLDA) has sent teams to a study tour in Lantapan town in Bukidnon, which manages a water and watershed monitoring system, and in Davao City, seat of the gulf management council monitoring environmental protection of the Davao Gulf.
The AVLDA will evaluate if they would use the two programs as possible models for their operation of the valley, which covers the municipalities of T'boli, Lake Sebu, Surallah and Sto. Niño in South Cotabato, and Bagumbayan, Isulan, Esperanza, Lambayong and Tacurong City in Sultan Kudarat.
The AVLDA is a special body composed of concerned public and private entities in the areas covered.
Abdula Bansuan, AVLDA executive director, said the agency's management team was evaluating the water monitoring systems of Lantapan town and the management practices of the Davao Gulf Management Council (DGMC).
Bansuan said that the AVLDA would like to assess if the Lantapan experience would help them to monitor its water system and watershed area to prevent further damage to the Allah Valley areas.
He said the organization would also like to know some operational details from the DGMC on how it would transform AVLDA into a registered development authority. The AVLDA was formed in 2003 and its operation was jointly funded by the
provincial governments of South Cotabato and Sultan Kudarat. (Allen V. Estabillo/MindaNews)