Issue of February 4, 2018
Mt. Province

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Volunteers hold dev’t activities in Upper Agno shed host town
by Press release

The Bantay Watershed Task Force (BWTF) volunteer members in Barangay Karao, Bokod, Benguet, which is part of the Upper Agno Watershed Reservation conducted development activities to empower their communities.

Fifty-one participants helped in the information, education, and communication campaign through school lecture, community nursery establishment, and school Eco-Receptacle Compost (ERC) facility-making.

These activities served as one of the highlights of the opening of the barangay’s three-day Uhob Festival where environmental issues are one of the discussions among elders during their ritual gathering.

The BWTF involved the Parents Teachers Association (PTA), Youth Environmentalist in School Organization (YES-O), pupils, and community members.

Upper Agno River Watershed Area Team personnel were tapped as resource speakers and facilitators. The community relations officers and forest guards supervised and extended technical assistance during the nursery establishment and ERC facility-making.

During the IEC, the importance of watershed and its protection measures, waste management, and nursery management were emphasized.

The community nursery shall house 2,000 potted indigenous plants to be propagated by the participants. Maintenance of the nursery was turned over to the PTA to be supervised and monitored by the BWTF volunteers.

The ERC facility was turned over to the YES-O club of Karao Elementary School for their duplication. It will be harvested in three to six months, in time for the planting season.

Aside from the nursery and school wastes, the YES-O members may include kitchen wastes from their households to generate compost. The organic fertilizer from the wastes could be the club’s source of income. They could sell the excess compost supply to farmers, flower shop owners, among others.

“During the demonstration and exercise, the participants, particularly the members of the YES-O club, were enthusiastic and committed to propagate indigenous seedling species in their own backyards aside from those that they will be producing at the community nursery,” said BWTF volunteer Maria Liza Panayo.

“We pledged to be Bantay Bulilit Task Force. In our own little ways, we want to show our dedication of not only sowing seeds but of growing the seeds into seedlings, then eventually growing the seedlings into trees”, said the YES- O president.

BWTF Program CRO Rhe-Ann B. Ngayaan said that each pupil will produce 50 local tree species for the school year, take good care of it until it matures for planting. This shall be monitored by the YES-O club president.

At the end of the school year, “green thumb award” will be given to the pupil with the most number of grown trees.

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