SGF conducts Sapa Creek mapping for the rainy season.

October 11, 2022

As part of the Sulu Garden Foundation (SGF) initiative to conserve and restore the Sapa Creek to its former form, SGF along with the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO-Guimbal) and the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO-Miag-ao) conducted the second mapping and ground-truthing of the creek last August 19, 2022, for the rainy season.

Ms. Norielle Diamante, the Senior Science Officer of SGF and SGF staff, Mr. Renato Nacanan with Unit head WRPU/PAMBCU/Forester I, Ms. Jojie P. Gereza and GIS Operator, Mr. Evan Dawn Casuncad of CENRO-Guimbal; EMS II/Designated MENR Officer, Mr. Isidro Mosura, Jr., MENRO-Miag-ao staff, Ms. Cindy Cabudlay, and Wildlife Enforcement Officers (WEO), Mr. John Paul Nonato of the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO-Miag-ao). tracked the headwater source of the creek towards the University of the Philippines – Visayas (UPV) jurisdiction. However, the map wasn’t finished because a permit letter is needed to enter the premises of the university.

Another mapping will be conducted soon to finish the map from its headwater source towards the open sea.

Figure 1. Map above showing the length of the Sapa Creek is approximately 4.99km.

Figure 2. Map above is the ortho image of the length of Sapa Creek.

Figure 3. Topology map of the Sapa Creek.

Map Source: DENR CENRO-Guimbal Office

Photos below during the actual conduct of the mapping.

Solid wastes found within Sapa Creek.

After the finalization of the map, the offices concerned will move on to the next step of the Adopt-a-Water Body Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR). SGF will adopt the Sapa Creek to help restore and conserve its native flora and fauna, especially the native fishes that can be found within the creek.

The video below is the compilation of videos during the ground-truthing and mapping of Sapa Creek.

Written by: Senior Science Officer, Norielle Diamante (See profile)

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