Forest Restoration for the Next Generation
CRISPIN M. BACTONG
The classified forestland in Barangay Balubal in the City Cagayan de Oro is occupied and managed by Balubal Integrated Social Forestry Farmers Association (BISFFA), Inc., a People’s Organization (PO) under the Community-Based Forest Management Agreement (CBFMA) tenurial instrument.
In recent years, the barangay experienced several environmental issues such as illegal logging, land conversion, illegal fishing, and improper solid waste management. In response, the PO, with the assistance and support of the local government unit of Cagayan de Oro through the City Local Environment and Natural Resources Office (CLENRO) and DENR, implemented various programs and projects to address these issues. These include: (1) Provision of various trainings and seminars on leadership, plantation establishment and maintenance, among others; (2) Agroforestry Development; (3) Reforestation; (4) Riverbank Rehabilitation; and, (5) Assisted Natural Regeneration or ANR.
Through the interventions and the support of the Barangay Council and strong determination of BISFFA on its vision & mission, the Barangay Balubal maintained the beauty of nature, clean environment and a comfortable place to live-in.
ALEXIS S. QUINA
Atty. Quina is the current municipal mayor of Balingasag, Misamis Oriental. His priority programs include Environmental Protection & Conservation, Health & Sanitation, Construction of Basic & Critical Infrastructures, and Construction for Farm to Market Roads, Bridges and Spillways.
The municipality has still a long way to go when it comes to building its climate change and disaster resiliency. However, with the principled and strong leadership exemplified by Mayor Quina, the legacy that he has started will guide his people in making BALINGASAG: OUR HOME, a haven… a home of peace, secure and ecologically-balanced, disaster resilient community.
GELLIE MAE B. DACAY
Used sachets, empty plastic bottles, and ripped baby diapers are just some of the trash we can find littering our streets, communities, and country. This is the result when people are unaware of its harmful effects on the environment and our health. Teacher Gellie Mae Dacay is a Senior High School Teacher from Nieves Villarica National High School in Island Garden City of Davao. She believes that education has the power to save both of our environment and ourselves.
As an educator, Teacher Gellie uses her platform to promote disaster readiness and risk reduction (DRRR). In collaboration with the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), she organized a water safety and fire brigade training for her students so they can be equipped with the knowledge and skills during water- and fire-related disasters.
At the onset of the pandemic, Teacher Gellie took her environmental movement online and conducted a 3-day webinar entitled, “The Water Project”. Topics discussed during the event were on water and its connection to climate, justice, culture, and health. Through this online event, students were encouraged not just to listen but also to speak their minds and expound their takes on the various topics.
Teacher Gellie faced many challenges to make these activities possible, more so successful. Little by little, she received help from her co-teachers, students, and even her community. Her programs even reached Anonang National High School, one of the far-flung schools in their area. Truly, Teacher Gellie's determination to influence our youths to participate in environmental actions makes her a certified environmental warrior!
AURELIA ADDATU AWING
Aurelia Awing, together with his brother, founded the United Cordillerans Youth Association (UCYA) - Main Chapter, a youth organization whose goal is paralleled with the vision and mission of the Department of Environmental and Natural Resources (DENR).
The main objective of their organisation is community development through helping the community to become a better place, preserving and maintaining the natural goodness of the environment, and through sports.
SHARIFFA NOHAD E. PATAYON
Happy Earth was founded by Shariffa. It is a social enterprise that advocates responsible consumerism through plastic-free groceries. It is an avenue for local farmers and producers to promote a hub where people can find eco-friendly alternatives such as bamboo toothbrush, shampoo bars, cloth menstrual pads, and etc. People are encouraged to bring their own reusable containers to refill their home essentials such as cooking oils, sugar, salt, spices, rice, and many more.
To date, Happy Earth estimates to have prevented over 150,000 pieces of single-use plastics from being sent to the landfill and the ocean. In January 2019, they were recognized by the City of Cagayan de Oro and the City Local Environment and Natural Resources (CLENRO) as the Eco Ambassador in promoting and mainstreaming a safe and livable environment.