A total of 2,000 Bamboo culm cuttings (Bayog and Afus) were planted at Banga riverbanks in line with the Bamboo Friday initiated by Banga CENR Officer Larry P. Curias.
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β€œBamboo Friday” is a weekly activity conducted every Friday which was initiated by CENR Officer Larry P. Curias in relation to the RIVERs for Life and the National Greening Program (NGP).
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Said activity aims to give awareness of the importance of planting bamboo along the riverbanks to prevent soil erosions, landslides, and balance oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.
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When he assumed office, CENRO Curias emphasized that β€œbamboo-growing every Friday will become a weekly activity all throughout the Banga River so that the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) presence in the community will be visible and felt.
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β€œA little progress each day adds up to a big result,” he said.
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Meanwhile DMO IV Designate/Sr. EMS Franklin M. Lebrilla highlighted that β€œBamboo is a green footprint that can help shape our future.
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β€œIt is a valuable partner in fighting climate change than the average hardwood tree. It is strong yet lightweight, versatile and easy to work with and could last for several seasons,” he added.
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Tree guards were also mounted in the planted bamboo to protect them from stray animals in the area.
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Furthermore, the said activities were attended by CENRO Banga employees and various agencies and partner stakeholders such as PO beneficiaries, Barangay Local Government Units (BLGUs), Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office (MENRO), Department of Education (DepEd), Philippine National Police (PNP), MLhuillier, ENRA Frontline Course Batch 109, Philippine Army, SUMIFRU, 1204th CDC Koronadal City, and Kolon Datal Eagle Club.| with report and photo from Cenro Banga IO Designate Alnayah Mohammad Ayman