KLIMA-Likasan: Barangay Carpenito’s Balete Drive: A Risk Resiliency Program – Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (RRP-CCAM) Tree Parenting Project
ROSE NINA S. JUAN
"BARANGAY CARPENITO’S BALETE DRIVE: A RISK RESILIENCY PROGRAM – CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION AND MITIGATION (RRP-CCAM) TREE PARENTING PROJECT"
Among the popular tree species, who would have thought of the Balete Tree as an ingenious choice in a Tree Planting Project? ‘Would anyone dare touch, much less cut the dreaded Balete Tree?’ This was the clever idea of Punong Barangay Rose Niña S. Juan of Brgy. Carpenito, Municipality of Tagbina, Province of Surigao del Sur in 2010 when the tree planting project was introduced by KASILAK Foundation, a non-government organization whose advocacy was on climate adaptation and disaster resiliency of the community.
With this initiative, river degradation, flooding, and soil erosion, as well as flashfloods, will be reduced as these trees are planted along the riverside. Flashfloods and flooding will be mitigated as these trees have the ability to hold rainwater. This initiative also helps in the reduction of greenhouse gas emission in our environment as they absorb carbon and other harmful gases.
Barangay Carpenito’s efforts on environment protection and preservation may only be a speck in the wide array of solutions to the vast environmental issues that the planet is currently battling, but one barangay’s unshakeable commitment towards environmental contribution may spark courage and inspiration for other communities to replicate. If other communities and organized groups would religiously endeavor to plant more trees, the Earth will surely heal.