Monday, September 1, 2014

Student writers planted close 
to 2,000 trees in 30 minutes 

TAGBILARAN City, Bohol, Aug 30, 2014 (PIA) –In thirty minutes, students participating in the first leg of Bohol’s Student Writers Congress for Climate Change planted close to 2,000 fruit and lumber trees in a reforestation site in Calanggaman Ubay, August 29. 

Over 2 hectares of hilly grassland in the monotornous rolling hills of Ubay came alive as students bearing a lump of balled seedlings of endemic trees, fruits and quick lumber trees started filling the hills, in the early afternoon of Friday. 

And to encourage the student environment advocates in getting into the planting beat, kids from Ubay Central Elementary School Drum and Bugle Corps provided continuous drumbeats which reverberated on the rolling hills of this largely agricultural town. 

The tree planting activity forms part of the one day Student Writers’ Congress for the Environment, which aims to get to the students and enlist them to do Climate Change Adaptation and Resiliency of communities, according the PIA, event organizer. 

If in a lifetime, a person would need at least 300 trees to absorb the carbon he would have emitted, said CENRO Talibon Elpidio Palaca, during a pre event briefing held at the Ubay Gymnasium.

To get the student writers into the mood and get them the feel of how it is to be in a changed environment, organizers put in a 30 minutes f tree planting activity in the program design.

Trees, Palaca said would be the most helpful climate change mitigation, he said to the almost 200 student writers participating in the workshop.

Other than the students, also joining the activity were members of the Association of United Development Information Officers in Bohol, Volunteer Service Organization for Carood Watershed, army special forces, local government officials, teachers from the Department of Education, DENR, NGCP, LGU Ubay, Barangay Calangaman and PIA.

CENRO Talibon through Palaca provided the seedlings while LGU Ubay transported the seedlings to the reforestation area.

The volunteers were also ferried to the site by a bus provided by Congressman Rene Relampagos and Aristotle Aumentado. 

Over the development, DENR said we figured out if people would just get into the habit of planting one tree a day, we would be covering the 300 trees in a year. (PIA/RAC)

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PIA-DENR treated Bohol media 
To environment themed tour 

TAGBILARAN City, Bohol, Aug 30, 2014 (PIA) –Soliciting help in environment advocacy, two government agencies spearheading Climate Change adaptation and resiliency for communities treated members of the Bohol media to a guide environment themed tour across Bohol, August 29. 

Representatives from DyTR, GMA 7, The Freeman, members of the Association of United Development Information Officers (AUDIO) joined the Philippine Information Agency and the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) for a day-long Lakbay Kaalaman Para sa Kalikasan. 

The goal is to supplement government information to members of the media so they can highlight some more environmental innovations as well as bring up environmentl issues needing government intervention. 

At a tour sponsored by Congressman Rene Relampagos and Aristotle Aumentado, the PIA and DENR got members of the media on a National Irrigation Authority bus which travelled across Bohol’s key environmental showcases on its way to Ubay. 

Aside form the spiels on mangroves and Bohol coastal resources as well as issues including the innovative Coastal Law Enforcement Council, the tour also tackled the dolphin and whale watching tours which has been acclaimed among the world’s most environment friendly tourism activities. 

The tour also tackled the manmade forest of Loboc and Bilar and discussed issues on mono-specie forest, its succeeding interventions in the Bohol Tree Enterprise Project and the need for a move away from invasive tree species. 

The tours likewise talked about the endemic tree species nursery at the Bohol Climate Change Center in Bilar and the need for planting more trees to repel the impacts of carbon emissions. 

In Loboc too, the tour taclked about the tarsiers and the unique habtats which Boholanos need to sustain in order to conserve the rare nocturnal mammals endemic only to the greater Mindanao Faunal Region. 

In Pilar and Sierra Bullones, the tour took up Bohol’s rice production, the rice traditions as well as the culture of producing just enough for the family as that which could have hampered the production goals, despite a pressure for the hybridizatiion and the certification of seeds. 

The Rice Processing Complex in Pilar and the Malinao Dam in Sierra Bullones are attesting evidences of the rice traditions and the need to cope with the production need to feed the people in times climate change will have its effects. (PIA/RAC)

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