DENR-XI Foresters plants trees for Arbor Day

Department of Environment and Natural Resources-XI celebrated Philippine Arbor Day yesterday, June 25 through a tree planting activity at Brgy. Marahan, Marilog District. Foresters from DENR-XI headed by Assistant Regional Executive Director (ARED) for Technical Services Marcia G. Isip joined the activity and planted 200 seedlings of coffee and 800 seedlings of Cacao within the Sustainable Integrated Area Development (SIAD) in Marilog District.

Said participants are also members of the Society of Filipino Foresters, Inc. (SFFI).

In the Philippines, Arbor Day was declared through Proclamation No. 30 by former President Manuel Roxas in 1947, to be held every second Saturday of September of each year in schools and communities. Most recently, it was revived through Republic Act 10176 or the Arbor Day Act of 2012 when President Benigno Aquino 3rd signed into law a bill reviving tree-planting day as a yearly event.

Arbor Day in the Philippines has been institutionalized to be observed every June 25 of each year by planting trees, ornamental plants and other forms of relevant activities.

Arbor Day, which comes from the Latin word “arbor” meaning tree, is a holiday in which individuals and groups are encouraged to plant and care for trees. Participation of all government agencies, including government-owned and controlled corporations, private sectors, schools, civil society groups, and the citizenry are enjoined.

 

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Environmental Warriors’ ideas laid through paper and lens

11-22 makakalikhasan contest winners

As the DENR XI believes in the power of youth’s profound and innovative ideas in matters of environmental protection, it once again conducted the “MakakaLIKHAsan” an Essay and Photo Contest. It is a two-day annual event that aims to earn the active participation and engagement of young environmental warriors through their piece of writing and photo material.

The essay writing revolves in the theme “One Planet. One Nation: Sustaining Green Actions for a Safer Climate.” to which, the New Corella National High School bagged the top place.

Its writer, Mary Chris D. Agarma, states in her piece entitled “Code Green: Diagnosing the Vital Signs of the Earth” that “we [people] are the leukocytes of the Earth and must work hand in hand as a nation and as a planet to protect the only home we have. The earth has long been diagnosed of a severe disease. Like treating chronic illness, necessary measures must be applied.” Strict implementation of environmental laws, reforestation and to look for other sources of renewable energy to not exhaust biofuel are among the writer’s recommendations.

The champion ended her piece with a diagnosis that the earth is “severely destructed, in need of immediate attention, care and restoration.”

For the photo contest, the Ateneo de Davao University which held the championship for two (2) consecutive years has once again bagged the top place. For this year, its entry was photographed by Anton Miguel Balagot with an engraved caption “Carbon Sequestration: A Quest for Life.”

Congratulations to all the participants- our young and creative environmental warriors and to their supportive coaches!

The DENR XI is looking forward to having you again.

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