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Coca-Cola, USAID teaming up for Iloilo, Negros Occidental watershed rehab

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Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines Inc. (CCFPI) continues to support community access to clean, safe water through its partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Philippines and non-government organizations.

CCFPI teamed up with the USAID to improve watershed conservation and promote a water-secure future in Iloilo and Negros Occidental.

Green Forum Western Visayas principal coordinator Melvin Purzuelo (from left), CRS Philippines subregional country representative Sanda Rihtman, Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines chairman Tony del Rosario, USAID Mission Director Ryan Washburn and Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines president Cecile Alcantara represent their respective organizations to cement their partnership for the IWARI program in Iloilo.

CCFPI and USAID signed two memoranda of agreement, one for the Iloilo Water Resilience Initiative Project and another for Sustaining Watershed Health through Sustainable Livelihood and Agroforestry Project in Negros Occidental, on March 22 at Bonifacio Global City, Taguig.

The Iloilo Water Resilience Initiative (IWARI) Project aims to promote climate resilience and help enhance water availability from the Tigum-Aganan Watershed and Iloilo-Batiano Watershed for upstream and downstream communities, including Iloilo City, through improved resource management. Through the CCFPI grant, IWARI Project will be implemented on the ground by Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Philippines and Green Forum Western Visayas, while USAID will provide technical oversight. The project will address the urgent need for sustainable management of critical watersheds in Iloilo province and ultimately help improve water availability from the watersheds.

Meanwhile, the Sustaining Watershed Health through Sustainable Livelihood and Agroforestry (SWATH) Project in Negros Occidental aims to implement agroforestry and watershed conservation activities to help protect the province’s sources of freshwater, especially the Himogaan River Watershed and Sicaba River Watershed—ensuring sustainable water resources for the farming communities and households of Negros Occidental residents.

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Through the CCFPI grant, the SWATH Project will be implemented on the ground by Negros Economic Development Foundation (NEDF) while USAID Philippines will provide technical oversight.

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