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Bacolod City, Philippines Monday, February 11, 2019
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Panggas inks first MOA with Bago
BY MAX N. MACAHILO

 

Three hundred participants joined the Panggas: Tree Growing Project of the Diocese of Bacolod and planted 2,100 mangrove propagules in the coastal area of Brgy. Sampinit in Bago City, Saturday.

Preceding the planting activity was the signing of the memorandum of agreement between the local government of Bago City, referred to as the first party and represented by Mayor Nicholas Yulo, and the Diocese of Bacolod, the second party, by Fr. Chris Gonzales of the Social Action Center.

Bago City is the first LGU to accept the Panggas Project for implementation in its identified 5-hectare sites located in Purok Mahidaiton and Calubay, all in Brgy. Sampinit.

Other participants in the MOA were the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, the provincial government of Negros Occidental though the Provincial Environment Management Office and the Catholic Education Association of the Philippines, or CEAP.

The Panggas Project came as a response to the call of Pope Francis II though his Encyclical “Laudatus Si” for the care of the Earth.

It aims to take responsibility for the greening of the environment through a collaboration with the Catholic academe around the country and to foster breakthrough environmental measures, Gonzales said.

The MOA states that the first party will identify and provide planting sites, while the second party will tap Catholic schools for the adoption of the area where they will conduct tree-growing activities with assistance from the DENR and other stakeholders.

Gonzales said Panggas is targeting EB Magalona as the next LGU for a MOA. The town hosted the launching of the project in September, which included a major coastal clean-up.

Participants in the Tree Activity were students from the University of Negros Occidental Recoletos, University of St. La Salle, La Consolacion College Bacolod, Colegio de San Agustin Bacolod, St. Joseph School-La Salle and the Negros Kolektib.*

 

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