Consistent with the MWSS policy to maintain the overall ecosystem health and community resiliency in the areas where it operates, 40,000 tilapia fingerlings were dispersed at Ipo dam. The fish re-stocking is to improve the Ipo dam’s ecology and provide a livelihood to the Dumagat Indigenous Cultural Communities, Indigenous Peoples of Kabayunan in Dona Remedios Trinidad, and Norzagaray, Bulacan (collectively as IPs).
True to MWSS’ promise to help the IPs, under the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) that accompanies their free, prior, and informed consent and the Certification Precondition for Angat Water Transmission Improvement Project (AWTIP), the MWSS, through funding from the Concessionaires provide for their social, economic and livelihood projects. The AWTIP or Tunnel 4, completed in July 2020, did not directly impact the Ipo dam IP community. However, since most families rely on forest products and are subsistence fishermen, MWSS continues to generate resources and develop impactful conservation and bio-diversity programs hand-in-hand with the IPs who look at the Ipo watershed as their home.
The tilapia fingerlings were provided by the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) as part of its aquaculture promotion for food security.