In line with the celebration of Month of the Planet Earth 2021 with a theme "Doing our Fair Share to Restore Earth" and Earth Day with a theme "Be Part of the Change,” a total of 2,600 seedlings were planted on Thursday morning, April 22, by the DENR-12 and its partner stakeholders in an enhancement of graduated National Greening Program (NGP) site at Sitio Besas, Barangay Malaya in Banga, South Cotabato.
In his message, DENR-12 Regional Executive Director Atty. Felix S. Alicer highlighted the significance of participating in activities that promote protection and conservation of the Earth.
“Activities like this cannot rapidly alter the environmental problems that we are facing. However, this spreads awareness to the public that in a small way, we are continuously doing something,” he said.
ARD for Management Services Bighani M. Manipula, Ph.D emphasized that the climate change can really be felt as typhoons are now getting stronger and the need for safeguarding our forests is needed.
PENR Officer of South Cotabato Radzak B. Sinarimbo said that everyone has a responsibility to mother earth and if we take good care of our environment, our nature will also take good care of us.
Meanwhile, CENR Officer of Banga Abunawas B. Abduladsis and NGP Regional Coordinator Forester Jamel C. Tawan tawan expressed their gratitude to all the participants from the DENR-12 and barangay local government unit (LGU) for taking part in the very significant environmental activity.
The program was also attended by Banga Municipal ENR Officer Rommy C. Villa, BLGU officials of Malaya and other partner stakeholders.
Protocols on COVID-19 were followed during the conduct of the said activity.