The seasonal heavy rainfall received by a large strawberry farm in Benguet province will soon be collected, after which it will be ‘injected’ back into the aquifer of the town of La Trinidad to preserve its underground water supply while curbing floods.

The rainwater program is among the four science and technology initiatives being undertaken by “Program Boondock,” a collaboration of experts from Baguio and Cordillera universities. Launched on Monday, the “Artificial Groundwater Recharge” project for La Trinidad town involves the construction of catchment basins at the roof of the Benguet Agri Pinoy Trading Center (BAPTC) beside the strawberry farm, which used to be a swamp.

A similar system would be put up at Burnham Park in Baguio in partnership with the Baguio Water District, said Nathaniel Vincent Lubrica, leader of Program Boondock, which is pushing through its second year of work using grants provided by the Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development.


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