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Agta tribe recognized by DENR for their environmental stewardship

By Rowena Cruz A tree-growing project in Barangay Villa Espina, Lopez, Quezon, was supported by the DENR-CENRO Calauag in order to increase ...

By Rowena Cruz

Agta tribe recognized by DENR for their environmental stewardship
A tree-growing project in Barangay Villa Espina, Lopez, Quezon, was supported by the DENR-CENRO Calauag in order to increase the Agta community's involvement in the protection and improvement of their local environment and natural resources. (Photo from DENR-CENRO Calauag/FB)

CALAUAG, Quezon - The Agta tribe, residing near the lush Calauag River in Barangay Villa Espina, Quezon, received recognition from the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) for their dedication to preserving the local environment.

Acknowledging the tribe's vital role in safeguarding natural resources, CENRO organized a tree-growing activity. 200 native and fruit-bearing tree seedlings, including lipote, guyabano, narra, kasoy, kalumpit, and ilang-ilang, were planted in collaboration with the Agta community.

CENRO Forester II Aleli C. Alvares emphasized the importance of sustainable development, educating participants on proper seedling care, site preparation, and tree species selection. Recognizing the long-term commitment required, CENRO deliberately uses the term "tree-growing" instead of "tree-planting" to highlight the ongoing effort.

This initiative, spearheaded by DENR-CENRO Calauag and supported by Villa Espina Elementary School, aimed to empower the Agta community in environmental protection. Forester Joselito D. Barros, head of DENR-CENRO Calauag, stressed the significance of collaboration:

"The commendable efforts of Villa Espina ES and various stakeholders demonstrate the power of community involvement in forest conservation. This program exemplifies our commitment to environmental stewardship and a sustainable future for generations to come."

Lieutenant Colonel Joel R. Jonson, Battalion Commander of the 85th Infantry Sandiwa Battalion, echoed the sentiment, urging public participation:

"Working together, we can not only preserve our natural heritage but also ensure a sustainable future for the next generations. The Villa Espina Community Forestry Program is a testament to the power of collective action."

Professor Cyrene C. OseƱa from Philippine Normal University - South Luzon further emphasized the crucial role of active community participation in achieving environmental goals.

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