On June 7-8, One Baby, One Tree and ASEAN Green Power conducted a 2-day environmental activity in Barangay Batongbuhay, Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro.
The first day mainly focused on interactive workshops educating high school students on deforestation, proper tree planting procedures, and proper plastic disposal. Hon. Alberto Cadapan, the barangay captain was present, together with Hon. Walter Marquez (Councilor) who delivered an inspirational message in lieu of Hon. Eduardo Gadiano, Mayor of the Municipality of Sablayan. Also present were Mr. Kurt Cabillon, a YSEALIGenEARTH alumnus who happily shared his experiences with YSEALI and Ms. Jarrah Brillantes who encouraged the students to be actively engaged in community projects. A MOA signing on the One Baby, One Tree project was also held to further strengthen the implementation of the said project. Representatives from the YSEALIGenEarth Team 10, LGU of Sablayan, DENR, Bonifacia Legaspi Memorial National High School and the landowners were present.
On the second day, a tree planting activity and an installation of a school vertical garden using PET bottles gathered by the students were held. To end the program, the organizers treated the students with unlimited round of ice cream and together, they watched an environmental film, Lorax.
Tree Planting Activity
School Trash Gardening
The team, together with Apo Reef Rangers, also had a coastal cleanup activity in Apo Reef Natural Park on their last day in Sablayan, Occidental Mindoro. Four sacks of trash were collected and will then be examined by the DENR.
Coastal Clean-up Activity
One Baby, One Tree and ASEAN Green Power would like to thank the LGU of Sablayan for their support most especially Hon. Walter Marquez for sponsoring the local transportation, hotel accommodation and food as well as Hon. Eduardo Gadiano and the DENR for arranging a free Apo Reef tour. We’d also like to thank our most active volunteer from Mindoro, Mr. Philip Saligumba, who generously gave his time and energy for helping us make this event successful.
The team will return to Mindoro after six (6) months of monitoring the growth of the saplings to distribute health kits and donate computer sets to the beneficiary school.