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To illustrate the concept of a Natural Rainwater Catchment Pond (Sahud Ulan) UNIQUE CONGRESSIONAL HEARING If you are tired of the Congressional investigations in aid of re-election and grandstanding, here is something for a change. The Joint Congressional Oversight Committee for Clean Water, supported by the Ex ecutive Departments and a group of concerned citizens, will hold an unprecedente d on-site and wor ing public hearing “in aid of implementation”. SAHUD ULAN What: The hearing will illustrate on the ground the idea of a natural rainwater catchm ent pond (sahud ulan). This is proposed to be one of the solutions to flooding a nd to boost food security. Where: When: DENR Nursery in the DOST Compound in Taguig City. 11 am, 19 September 2012.
Who: The Joint Congressional Oversight Committee for Water, together officials and re presentatives from the MMDA, DPWH, DILG, DOH, DepEd, DSWD, and the Leagues of Pr ovinces, Cities, Municipalities, Barangays, and City of Taguig, and supported by a strong citizens’ movement. The public is invited to come and participate in this unique and unprecedented C ongressional investigation in-aid-of-implementation. Please bring your own shove ls and/or pic s. And please bring your own baon. At noon, all food will be share d in a “boodle-fight” field lunch. How: The wor ing meeting will start at exactly 10:00 am with a brief review of the ba sic causes of flooding, and the solutions. At 10:30 am, all participants will proceed to a flooded area nearby. There, wit h pic s and shovels, they will all start digging ponds and ditches to capture ex cess rainwaters. They will see for themselves how the flood will go away and wil l instead become a nice loo ing pond that will be a source of food. On the hills that will form on the ban s of the ponds (please see above picture), the partic ipants will plant to vegetables and fruits to illustrate basic principles of foo d security – “waste not, want not.” Attire: All guests and participants are advised to wear attire appropriate for fieldwor . If you wish to share planting materials of vegetables and fruits, please feel free to bring them. They will all be planted and cared for in this nursery, sah ud ulan, and model urban edible garden.