The participants of the summit signifying their commitment to participate in the clean-up of Naboc River through a signature campaign.

August 9, 2018 marked the first ever summit held in Monkayo, Compostela Valley with the purpose of rehabilitating Naboc River. This was held to encourage the concerned communities living along the river to participate in the clean-up project of the DENR Davao Region.

The folks from the barangays of Mt. Diwata, Upper Ulip, Tubo-tubo, Salvacion, Naboc, and Mangayon participated in the summit while different dignitaries from the different government agencies of the Davao Region acted as speakers and guests of honor.

Studies and assessments in the river served as the bases for the formulation of development plans for the community and the clean-up of the river.

Senior Science Research Specialist Alex R. Palero reported the findings on the Flora and Fauna Assessment during the summit which was conducted on April 2018 by the Mining and Degraded Areas Rehabilitation Research Center (MDARRC). He stated that the floral and faunal compositions in the whole transects covered by the team during the assessment were characterized as moderately diverse.

Forester Palero also added that there were some species of birds which were nearly in extinction found in the area such as Java Sparrow (Lonchura oryzivoraLinnaeus) and the nearly threatened Mindanao Pygmy Babbler (Dasycrotapha plateni Blasius) . At Mt. Diwalwal, prey birds such as Brahminy Kites (Haliastur indus Boddaert) and Philippine Serpent Eagle (Spilornis holospilus Vigors) were present.

Relocation of the ball mills to Mabatas and establishment of permanent biodiversity plots are some of the recommendations that could help the preservation of the biodiversity in the area based on the results obtained.

Further, representatives from the Mines and Geosciences Bureau (MGB) Davao Region, Department of Health (DOH) Monkayo, and Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office Compostela Valley (PENRO ComVal) gave lectures regarding the levels of mercury and cyanide in the river and their effects to the people, respectively.

The open forum, came next following the legal matters of the Davao Mineral Reservation  Area (DMRA). Moreover, the legal basis of the expansion of the DMRA was also brought up to the dignitaries.

The summit ended with a pledge to save Naboc River and a signature campaign for all the participants. Royette C. Posadas, MDARRC