Government agencies partnered in planting a total of 200 Kawayang Tinik and Taywanak for the Nationwide Tree Planting Activity within the 50-ha bamboo plantation established in 2021, located at Mts. Banahaw-San Cristobal Protected Landscape (MBSCPL), Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Dolores, Quezon.
Barangay Chairperson Mario S. Pia of Sta. Lucia and Municipal Mayor Orlan A. Calayag of Dolores, Quezon welcomed all the attendees thru delivering their messages where they stated that the planting activity became a part of the mandate of all agencies since human life is dependent on the environment and natural resources. Calayag stressed that such activity should also have a consistent strong implementation.
Forester Hernan G. Merilo, explained during the program that the activity is intended for the Philippine Bamboo Month 2022 celebration and partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) for their tree planting project.
Meanwhile, as climate change mitigation is one of the major programs that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) is implementing, Forester Ronilo L. Salac, the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) of Quezon highlighted the importance of growing trees for the benefit of the present and future generations and reminded everyone to take part in conducting such activity as a preventive measure for natural disasters.
Salac also encouraged everyone to give their prayers, commitment, and conviction as they conduct the bamboo planting.
Cyril A. Coliflores, the Community Environment and Natural Resources Officer (CENRO) of Tayabas stressed that the participants should internalize the tree planting activity and put into practice the ways to protect the environment.
The activity was participated by 111 participants from PENRO Quezon, CENRO Tayabas City, Protected Area Management Office (PAMO) of MBSCPL, the Local Government Units (LGUs) of Dolores, Quezon and Brgy. Sta. Lucia, Dolores, Quezon, Provincial Government-Environment and Natural Resources Office (PG-ENRO) Quezon, Bureau of Fire Protection, Philippine National Police, and Department of Agriculture are among the attendees during the event.
As a closing message, Provincial Director Darrell I. Dizon, CESO V of the DILG Quezon Province extended his gratitude to the participants and facilitators for the efforts exerted for the success of the activity. Dizon also led the awarding of certificates of participation to the attendees.