DENR XI all hands for the OVP's PagbaBAGO: A Million Learners and a Million Trees Campaign
As an arm of the government, the DENR XI through its Regional Executive Director Bagani Fidel Evasco, joined the conduct of the campaign initiated by the Office of the Vice President dubbed as “𝐏𝐚𝐠𝐛𝐚𝐁𝐀𝐆𝐨: 𝐀 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐋𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚 𝐌𝐢𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐨𝐧 𝐓𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐬”.
In response to the OVP’s request, the office provided 900 seedlings, of which, 700 were Bamboo and 200 were Narra.
To show full support to the programs and initiatives of the Vice-Pres. Sara Duterte-Carpio, RED Evasco, along with PENR Officer Alberto Bandiola of Davao del Sur, CENR Officer Ruel Colong of Digos City, MANP-OIC, Protected Area Superintendent Archellito Mallari, Conservation and Development Division Asst. Chief Gil V. Bigcas among other DENR employees were on the site for the conduct of tree planting in Brgy. Managa, Bansalan, Davao del Sur on May 30, 2023.
Around hundreds of students and teachers from all over the province also participated on the said activity, alongside the DepEd’s Chief of School Governance and Operations Division Mario Mondejar, to which, all were warmly welcomed by Brgy. Chairman of Managa, Sixto Taparan.
Shortly after the tree planting, the participants and some members of the community received goods from the said implementing office.
On behalf of the Vice-President, the OVP Satellite Manager in Davao Regina Rosa D. Tecson graced the said event.
On the other hand, the CENRO Davao City also conducted tree planting activity for the same campaign, which was participated by Grades 5 & 6 pupils and teachers of Sirib Elementary School in Brgy. Sirib, Davao City on May 26, 2023.
CENR Officer Juvy Hofilena, who led the activity, also enjoined the wood producers and IP Tribal Leaders in the city. Around 350 indigenous species of trees were planted in the said school site including white lauan, 𝑏𝑎𝑔𝑡𝑖𝑘𝑎𝑛 and 𝑠𝑎𝑔𝑖𝑚𝑠𝑖𝑚.
Planting a million trees across the country forms part of the OVP’s campaign which aims to achieve a disaster-proof and disaster-resilient community.
Further, the said project aims on introducing environment conservation to these young children and preparing them to be responsible and disciplined Filipinos who values their well-being, their families and communities. Conducts that will expectantly have a positive ripple effect to the entire country.
Furthermore, the program aims to stimulate the children's drive to pursue education and to ignite their hopes and dreams. It also sets sight on impacting “change” to these promising individuals for them to have a better and brighter future.