PLANTING TREES FOR A GREENER FUTURE. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Cagayan Valley spearheaded the planting of about 30,000 bamboo, Narra, Kupang, Kalumpit, Molave, Bitaog, Talisay and other forest and fruit trees that highlighted the celebration of the National Climate Change Consciousness Week (NCCW).
Pursuant to Proclamation No. 1667 issued in 2008, the National Climate Change Consciousness Week is celebrated every November 19 to 25.
On Nov. 19, Regional Executive Director Gwendolyn Bambalan led the kick-off activity by planting bamboo propagules at the proposed Ecological Park in Sta. Ana, Cagayan. She was joined by the officials and employees of the local government unit, and the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Cagayan and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Aparri.
The Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, different local government units, academe, and beneficiaries of the National Greening Program also participated in the tree planting activities held in Ivana, Batanes; Peñablanca, Amulung, Sanchez Mira and Solana in Cagayan; Palanan, San Isidro, Cauayan City and City of Ilagan in Isabela; Nagtipunan, Quirino; and Diadi, Dupax del Sur and Bambang in Nueva Vizcaya.
The DENR has also engaged the youth sector to promote environmental awareness. Through the Cagayan Valley ENR Ambassadors, ways on how to mitigate the effects of climate change were shared in the social media. Online environmental education were conducted in the provinces of Isabela and Quirino where the students of the Quirino State University and La Salette of Cabatuan, Inc. in Isabela were oriented on the causes and effects of climate change, environmental laws, and how they can help in environmental preservation amidst the pandemic.
Cleanup drives were also conducted in major waterways regionwide.
This year’s NCCW theme is “Klima ng Kinabukasan, Ating Pangalagaan.” #