On 01 October 2019, the Metropolitan Waterworks and Sewerage System Regulatory Office (RO) was awarded a Plaque and Certificate of Recognition for fulfilling its commitment of planting 21,000 seedlings for the 2018 Annual Million Tree Challenge (AMTC) project of the MWSS Corporate Office (CO). MWSS RO participated in the said project primarily to aid in the reforestation of watersheds that are the major sources of Metro Manila’s water supply. MWSS RO Chief Regulator Atty. Patrick Lester N. Ty received the awards on behalf of the agency at the MWSS Bulwagan Hall in Quezon City.

The Annual Million Tree Challenge 2018
Recognition and Pledging ceremony sought
to recognize the invaluable efforts of the
various organizations from the public and
private sectors that partnered with MWSS
CO for its 2018 AMTC. The annual tree
planting project kicked off in 2017 to
celebrate the MWSS’ 140th anniversary;
and was spearheaded by MWSS Board of
Trustees (BOT) Chairman PDDG Reynaldo
V. Velasco who wanted the project to be a
benchmark for other parts of the country
to follow.  The five year program targets to
plant at least a million seedlings around
the six (6) watersheds that supply Metro Manila
with water. 

Recognition was given to all organizations that contributed to the success of the 2018 ATMC: local government units, non-government organizations, private companies, and government institutions.

During the event, MWSS CO also presented the AMTC 2.0 — the standard that partners would follow for the year 2019. The AMTC standard for this year will count the number of hectares covered as planting site, instead of the number of trees planted, by each partner. Areas identified by MWSS CO as potential land for tree planting would be adopted and then planted on. Memorandum of Agreements would govern between the MWSS CO and their partners. Planting activities will also be conducted during the rainy season to ensure a high survival rate for the trees planted.

Partner organizations signed and committed
new targets for this year’s tree planting. Chief
Regulator Ty pledged to plant 55 hectares of
land as MWSS RO’s new target for AMTC

MWSS RO will continue to support the ATMC and work towards exceeding its targets in the coming years.