MAITUM, SARANGANI PROVINCE – More than 1000 bamboo propagules were planted on Monday, November 15, along the Pangi River in Barangay La Union, this town in line with the celebration of National Environment Awareness Month and National Clean Air Month with the theme “Nurture Nature for a Sustainable Future.”
Around 100 participants from the Community Environment and Natural Resources (CENRO) of Kiamba and local government units (LGUs) of Maitum and Kiamba took part in the activity to give emphasis on the importance of environment awareness and encourage public participation towards the conservation of natural resources.
Forester Abdul D. Cariga, CENR Officer of Kiamba, said that they have been conducting series of activities like cleanup drives and bamboo growing activities to rehabilitate the riverbanks of the Pangi River.
“It is a challenge in our generation to improve the water quality and status of this river from Class B/C to Class A. It cannot be done by the DENR alone. But with help of our partners in LGUs and the public, it is possible!” CENR Officer Cariga said.
Carmelo Velasco, Kiamba Municipal ENR Officer, informed the participants on the effects of climate change and how to mitigate it.
“I would like to call the attention of everyone on the need to rehabilitate our environment. Tree planting and environmental clean-up are some of the ways to mitigate the effects of climate change in our area. Let us cooperate as this endeavor will benefit the future generations,” he said.
During the program, the unveiling of signage was initiated for the River for Life Program with Pangi River as its entry for CY 2021.
In her message, Maitum MENR Officer thanked all the participants for making the said event successful.
“Together, we can do better for the environment. Let us protect our environment for the future generations. I look forward for more environmental events to be held in our jurisdiction. My heartfelt thanks to DENR for leading this activity,” she said. (With report from ADTenio, CENRO Kiamba Information Officer Designate and Forester Charlyn R. Cailing)