The Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Glan and its partner stakeholders took part in two (2) world environmental celebrations last week, the International Coastal Cleanup and World Bamboo Day.
A total of 200 bamboo propagules were planted along riverbanks of Sapu Masla River in Malapatan, Sarangani Province during the celebration of World Bamboo Day on September 17.
DENR-12 Conservation and Development Division Chief Dr. Ali M. Hadjinasser stated in his message the importance of bamboo aside from being a sustainable alternative to wood.
“Bamboo is one of the fastest growing renewable resources. It also provides food, raw materials for construction, lessens flooding, erosion and a solution to fight climate change,” he said.
Guided by the theme “Alay ng Bayan sa Inang Kalikasan, Kawayan”, personnel from CENRO Glan, MENRO Malapatan, Barangay Council, Peoples Organizations (Womens Association and PARTS) and Youth simultaneously planted bamboo propagules to showcase importance of bamboos and its potential aid in today’s most pressing socio-economic and ecological issues.
Meanwhile, CENR Officer of Glan Dr. Rosalinda B. Cortez on Saturday, September 18, during the celebration of International Coastal Cleanup, encouraged the community to practice proper waste segregation to avoid polluting waterways and marine life.
According to Dr. Cortez, they were joined by LGU- Glan MENRO, PNP-Maritime, Municipal PNP and BFP, Glan Motorides Ramp and Pump Organization, Kabalikat Civicom Association, Inc., Sangguniang Kabataan and communities during the cleanup activity.
“This activity also aims to heighten awareness and provide information that will guide and influence governments, corporations and industries in developing smart solutions to free our seas from marine debris,” Dr. Cortez said.
The theme for this year’s celebration of International Coastal Cleanup was “Understand and Beat Marine Pollution.” (With reports from JCDumanon, CENRO Glan Information Officer Designate)