Gov't forges partnership with church to preserve environment
by Robert E. Roperos
BUTUAN CITY (April 26) -- The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Caraga Region, in cooperation with the Earth Day Network Philippines (EDNP), Diocese of Butuan and national government agencies conducted a tree planting activity and coastal clean-up at the coastal barangays of Masao and Lumbocan, this city, to highlight the celebration of Earth Day.
With this year's theme "Stewardship in Action", the activity aimed to prioritize the green governance, green sacrament, green economy, and green resources in order to achieve clean air and water, sustainable resources extraction, and biodiversity conservation.
Around 500 parish youth organizations of Birhen sa Kasilak Mindanao Shrine Parish together with DENR-Caraga personnel and barangay officials joined hands in the tree-planting activity at the mangrove plantation in Lumbocan and Masao.
According to DENR officials, it is important for the area to be planted because it is the breeding area of fishes and other marine life.
The coastal area of barangay Masao was also the subject of the clean-up activity not only to preserve the area but also to promote the tourism industry of the city especially that local historians claimed the place as the original site of the First Mass held in the Philippines.
According to Butuan Bishop Juan de dios Pueblos, the activity is a way of helping fisherfolks and the residents to promote cleanliness and proper health practice among them and the next generations.
The celebration of the Earth Day is under Presidential Proclamation No. 553, signed by former President Corazon Aquino. (PIA-13) [top]