In celebration of the National Environmental Awareness Month 2022 with a theme, “Rise Up: Moving Beyond Climate Talk to Climate Action”, personnel of CENRO Calauag under the Conservation and Development Section (CDS) spearheaded an Information, Education and Communication (IEC) Exhibit and establishment of Pan-Tree in coordination with the Municipal Local Government Unit (MLGU) of Calauag on November 15-18, 2022 held at the Municipal Town Hall of Calauag Quezon .
Said activity was part of the advocacy of the DENR to promote consciousness and appreciation for the environment and natural resources among various stakeholders. Hence, on 15 November 2022, a short run-up activity and a ribbon-cutting ceremony was facilitated.
The program started off with a prayer and singing of the National Anthem which was followed by the message of the representative from the Municipal Mayor’s Office, conveying their warm support to the activity.
CENRO Calauag Chief CDS, For. Novet Joy S. Pantalunan, delivered her message through a video-recording wherein she gave the overview of the said celebration and expressed her gratitude for the active support of MLGU Calauag in the activity of DENR.
Significant IEC materials in the form of brochures, flyers, posters, calendar, handbooks and other type of reading materials were also placed in the exhibit, free for reading and exploration of participants.
The materials feature protected areas, watersheds, wetlands within the jurisdiction of CENRO Calauag, various wildlife under the threatened category; and also, important environmental laws and activities that are vital to be in the knowledge of the general public.
Aside from the IEC materials, several handmade products like baskets and handbags, and other products like wooden furniture made by members of a People’s Organization in Gumaca, the Kapit-Bisig Farmers Association, Inc. (KBFAI) and some furniture shops from Atimonan, Quezon, were displayed and sold during the exhibit.
Moreover, free seedlings were distributed to the participants. A total of 450 timber and fruit-bearing trees comprised of Narra, Kalumpit, Cacao, Avocado, Guyabano, Lipote, Ilang-ilang and Kasuy were distributed to a total of 45 recipients, composed of 15 males and 30 females.
The activity was given positive feedbacks from the participants; equating to support and cooperation for future endeavors. Such activity is vital to educate and engage the general public on the current environmental issues and in response to climate justice.