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In celebration of Women’s Month, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Quirino province conducted series of small group discussions with the province’s Bugkalot women informing them of their basic rights and the things they can do for environmental protection and conservation.
Women members of the Bugkalot Indigenous Cultural Communities in San Pugo in Nagtipunan town learned about Republic Act No. 9262 or the law that addresses violence against women and children, and basic environmental laws.
The participants also conducted a tree growing activity in their old community affected by soil liquefaction due to heavy rains brought about by Typhoon Ulysses in November 2020.
They pledged to maintain the planted Narra seedlings until these grow and eventually serve as barriers during calamities and will strengthen the soils in the affected area.
Forester Olivia Lazarte, gender and development focal person of PENRO Quirino, expressed her appreciation to the Bugkalot women’s passion to restore their community through reforestation that will mitigate the effects of climate change.
"We thank you for your desire to reforest this area. The DENR will continue to provide you technical assistance in any way we can to protect your forests for your own good and for the benefit of the future generations," For. Lazarte said.
A tree growing activity in partnership with uniformed personnel, youth organizations, and other government agencies was also conducted in Dipantan, Nagtipunan for the same celebration.
Topics on public land disposition, and wildlife and other ENR laws were also discussed among the Bugkalot women in Landingan in Nagtipunan town, and DENR personnel in separate focus group discussions.#
Story and photo by
PENRO Quirino