The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer (PENRO) Radzak B. Simarimbo of South Cotabato received the planting materials from the Notre Dame of Marbel University (NDMU) during the recent celebration of the school’s 76th Foundation Anniversary in the NDMU Grounds, Koronadal City.
The symbolic turn-over of planting materials to PENRO Sinarimbo is in line with the Alumni’s Legacy Project of Dr. Al F. Quillope, coordinator of the Center for Peace and Development, and the representatives of the graduating students of the different levels (Kinder, Elementary, Junior High School, Senior High School, Tech-Voc, College, and Graduate levels).
In 2019, NDMU, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), and the Provincial Environment and Management Office (PEMO) South Cotabato forged a memorandum of agreement (MOA) where it requires all NDMU students from all levels to plant 10 seedlings before graduation.
Meanwhile, PENRO Sinarimbo lauded the said initiative and contribution of the academe to the greening program of the department.
On the other hand, Dr. Quillope pointed out that they chose to plant narra, molave, and kamagong seedlings in Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape (MMPL), a protected area that is an important zone for conservation.
For future greening efforts, the Protected Area Management Office (PAMO)-MMPL will subsequently identify suitable areas for tree growing activity. Present in the ceremony were Deputy Protected Area Superintendent (PASu)-MMPL Mary Ann Tenorio, City ENRO of Koronadal City Augustus Bretana, Mr. Dante Dichoso, and NGP Coordinator-MMPL Mark Cel Geronimo. | (With report and photo from MMPL APASu Mary Ann C. Tenorio)