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                 "Our mother Earth is the only planet that we have! We cannot live in other planet like Mars, Jupiter or others, except here on Earth. Therefore, we must care for it as we care for our lives. We are part of the environment. Don't let it die, because it's dying every minute as we want only to throw garbage. The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The next best time to plant is today. Let's continue to be n Earth Warriors as Secretary Gina Lopez of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) wants us to be", reveals Dulag, Leyte Mayor elect Mildred Joy Que on the occasion of the Synchronized Tree Planting Activity held at Brgy., Sabang, Daguitan Dulag, Leyte during the Nagkaurosa ngan Sabangnon Katilingban Service Cooperative (NASAKASECO)'s first anniversary on November 20, 2016.

               The NASASECO is a federation of cooperative whose members are composed of ordinary laborers, farmers, surfers and fishermen which are now earning income from COOP's livelihood activities. This is duly registered with the Cooperatives Development Authority (CDA). It takes charge in the management and protection of the beach area in Brgy. Sabang, called as Surf Camp, which they develop into a beach resort. The area draws a lot of tourist and visitors because of the wavy ocean which is ideea for surfing. It has also the Sabang Daguitan River which the COOP is developing for a river cruise.

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               On their first anniversary, some 1,000 participants from different cooperatives in Leyte and Samar together with other government offices like the DENR, Cooperative Development Authority (CDA), and the local government of Dulag, planted about 1,500 seedlings of beach forest species such as Bitaog, TAlisay, Kalumpit and other beach forest tree species.

               DENR, Region 08, Regional Director Leonardo R. Sibbaluca who guested in the same activity thanked all the participants who joined the tree planting activity. He emphasized that the DENR, through its field offices in PENRO Leyte headed by PENR Officer Ranulfo Q. Arbiol abd the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office in Palo, headed by CENR Officer Manuel Ferreras is always available as far as the development and greening of the area is concerned through its National Greening Program.

               "There is a need to plant trees in this area considering its potential to ecotourism which will in turn provide livelihood to the community. The trees are needed to protect the area and sustain its aesthetic beauty", RD Sibbaluca added.


 

     



 

 

 

 

 

 

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