CALBAYOG CITY – Over 5,000 seedlings of both indigenous and fruit-bearing trees were planted by more than 2,000 volunteers from government agencies, local government units, academe, civil society organizations, security forces of the government and other private institutions.
The massive tree planting activity was done through the coordinated efforts of the DENR through its CENR Office in Catbalogan, the ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan Puno ng Buhay Program and the Samar Rural Farmers Association (SRFA) in Brgy. San Jose, Happy Valley, Calbayog City, Samar, July 15, 2016.
We all know that planting trees or reforestation is only one of the many ways by which we can combat the ill-effects of climate change and all other perilous effects arising from our wanton disregard of the environment in the past”, Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca said in his message as delivered by Assistant Regional Director Arturo N. Salazar.
The Puno ng Buhay Program is one of the green initiative projects of the ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation that has supported the SRFA for its reforestation activity and organic farming as alternative source of livelihood.
Environment Secretary Regina Paz L. Lopez, extended her appreciation to all the volunteers through her representative, Congresswoman Marybeth Ty-Delgado of the 1st District of Surigao del Sur.
According to her, “poverty can never be eradicated if we do nothing. Such should be the consciousness that we bring every day for our entire lives. Our convergence approach in the Puno ng Buhay aims not only to protect the environment, but also to reduce poverty through agro-forestry.”
The Puno ng Buhay is a program conceptualized and launched in 2015 by the ABS-CBN Bantay Kalikasan through its Chair and now Environment Secretary Lopez.
It is a countrywide tree planting and crop growing program intended to benefit the environment, the communities and the country in general.
It is a community-based, enterprise-based and science-based program which involves agro-forestry, agronomic or cash crops as well as tree species in its project sites in different parts of the country. (Maita Reina G. Sucgang, Public Affairs Office, DENR Regional Office 8)