To abate the further degradation of the Laguna de Bay Watershed, the LLDA instituted various programs and strategies for reforestation of the denuded watersheds. Part of these programs and strategies are the River Rehabilitation Program, and the Shoreland Management Program.
LAGUNA DE BAY WATERSHED GREENING PROGRAM
The LLDA contributes to the NGP objectives, which include planting 1.5 billion seedlings in 1.5 million hectares of public lands nationwide, from 2011 to 2016. The NGP also aims to improve water quality in rivers and irrigation of farm lands, reduce flooding, absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, and as support for the expansion of a wood-products economy. Using its own resources, the LLDA produces tree seedlings for distribution to LGUs and other beneficiaries for planting in their respective areas. Further, the Authority undertakes reforestation activities in denuded/designated areas in critical sub-watersheds.
RIVER REHABILITATION PROGRAM
The River Rehabilitation Program takes into consideration the effects of water quality and quantity to the ecosystem. Under the program, the LLDA has organized River Basin Councils all over the Region. The “Environmental Army,” an aggrupation of community volunteers, has been established and mobilized to help LLDA in various river clean-up operations. The LLDA has transformed the River Councils and the Environmental Army into empowered partners in environmental governance throughout the lake region.
SHORELAND MANAGEMENT PROGRAM
The Shoreland Management Program is designed to control pollution and nuisance through the elimination of incompatible elements and uses of the shoreland, through the LLDA Board Resolution No. 23, Series of 1996, which defines and regulates the use and/or occupancy of the Laguna de Bay Shoreland Areas.