ALKFI chair Gina Lopez (4th from left) with (l-r) DA Dir. Jennifer Remoquillo, DENR Dir. Ricardo Calderon, former AFP chief Gen. Gregorio Catapang, Oriental Mindoro Gov. Alfonso Umali Jr., ABS-CBN Free TV head Cory Vidanes, EDC’s Allan Barcena and Bantay Kalikasan executive director Mary Elizabeth DelgadoA promising partnership has blossomed to help address climate change while uplifting the lives of the communities.
Bantay Kalikasan, along with Energy Development Corporation (EDC), ABS-CBN, the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), Department of Agriculture (DA), the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the local governments of Antipolo, Leyte and Oriental Mindoro, recently launched Puno ng Buhay, a campaign to reforest areas of the Marikina Watershed, Mindoro, Lobo in Batangas and parts of Samar, Leyte and North Cotabato.
“Everything good starts with a dream and it can only be done if we work together. We can’t do anything if we don’t work together. So the AFP, DENR, DA, the governors, the media, the farmers and the fishermen are going to work together,” ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya Foundation Inc. chair Gina Lopez said.
The DENR has committed to give 10 million trees to be planted in the specified areas with the DA providing cash crops for the livelihood of the communities.
Meanwhile, ABS-CBN is in charge of updating the public on the development of the advocacy, while Bantay Kalikasan will act as the secretariat and convener to ensure the implementation of Puno ng Buhay. EDC, the first representative of the business sector to support Puno ng Buhay, will spearhead all the activities in North Cotabato.
More than a campaign, Puno ng Buhay is a commitment of different sectors—government, military, business, media and the communities—to fight climate change and encourage Filipinos to take care of the environment. (Story/Photo by: Ana Junio)