Close to 100 volunteers from various groups gathered together for a tree planting activity last November 9 despite the bad weather condition.

A total of 600 seedlings of different varieties like apitong, kamagong, makasim and narra were planted in a 0.5-hectare site in Barangay Sta. Catalina in Atimonan, which is covered by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) National Greening Program (NGP).

Participants in this activity include DENR – Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) of Calauag, Multipartite Monitoring Team of Atimonan One Energy (A1E), Kapit-Bisig Farmers Association, Inc. (KBFAI), students and faculty of Atimonan National Comprehensive High School, barangay officials from Sta. Catalina and A1E employees.

Prior to the actual planting activity, the proper handling of seedlings was demonstrated by Forester Agapita Judy Rabino ofCENRO – Calauag.

The volunteers, for their part, recognized the importance of environmental stewardship to drive a cleaner and greener environment in Atimonan.

“As a member of KBFAI, I am truly honored because the activity was held in my barangay. This is a start of partnership with A1E and we hope that the construction will start soon because we are looking forward to a more progressive Atimonan,” says Sta. Catalina Brgy. Chairman Amado Vidal, who is also the current president of Pangbayang Pederasyon Liga ng mga Barangay.

This is a part of the environmental stewardship program ofA1E.Besides this, A1E also implements other environment-related activities such as coastal clean-ups.

 

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1 - Students from ANCHS were taught how to handle seedlings prior to the tree planting activity.
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