Small worthy endeavors that unfold in the rural areas usually miss the media radar. Here we checked out the concerted efforts of unified youth organizations in a fresh wave of mass mangrove planting on Saturday, January 28. According to Marian Ramos the volunteers represent members from Skaters-Calabanga, Skaters-Naga, the National Youth Commission of South Luzon and Abalayan clan youth organization.
There is the concerted, continuing and coordinated efforts on the part of residents, stakeholders and the local government in the mangrove replenishment and reforestation of Camarines Sur.
Theme of the event was “Skaters Way for a Cleaner Earth Today” devoted as Advocacy Day Mangrove Planting at barangay Cagsao in Calabanga. Also witness to the environmental protection project included town mayor Evelyn Yu, municipal kagawad Danny Abalayan, and many more youth organization advisers including Ms. Dindin Daliva. Ramos reported the event was a success.
Meanwhile, we revisit the province- wide drive of Camarines Sur in the green project of El Verde. The movement spearheaded by governor Luis Raymond Villafuerte has reached over and above the 5 millon mark. A cummulative total 5,176,343 trees are now planted throughout the province ever since it began in February of last year. Quite a remarkable feat that would be hard to beat.
Even as the reforestation and replanting drive is on-going, in other parts of the province, there is a continuous denudation of the trees thru “kaingin” system and eventually charcoal making, too. Some of the charcoal make its way to the market in Calabanga, with a repacking site sighted in barangay Sabang and elsewhere.
It is difficult to blame impoverished families who result on these method as a means of earning meager income, sometimes, the only source to sustain their family. If the government can identify, provide, assist and help maintain a sustainable source of income for the families, it will make the thrust on reforestation effective, faster and attainable. Without an alternative source of income and incentive, the old system will carry on forward, no matter what.
More than the constant reminders (and warning, maybe) to local officials of their duty in the implementation and the importance of protection and conservation programs, it will count more if the residents are given enough information and education on the negative effects to the environment of current and prevailing practices in the upland communities.