“Planting many trees is one of the efficient solutions to climate change,” explained Arlyne Camat, a forester with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR)-Ifugao, in the Philippines. She is also the assistant choir leader in the Local Congregation of Lamut, Ecclesiastical District of Nueva Vizcaya.
Through the tree planting activity organized by the leading officers in her local congregation, on the instruction of the district leadership, Arlyne and her fellow brethren were able to express their desire to help combat climate change. The said activity for environmental protection was held on July 2, 2022 at the eco-park in Brgy. Sanafe, Lamut, Ifugao, Philippines.
“As soon as we’ve learned that there’ll be a tree planting activity, we conducted a meeting together with the Church officers. We’ve also coordinated with the municipal office to properly conduct the activity,” said Brother Johnvy Boy Rivera, resident ministerial worker.
The brethren planted more than 150 seedlings of the Molave. Before they started the tree planting, Federico Camat Jr., an ecosystem management specialist of DENR-CAR, demonstrated to the participants the proper method of planting tree seedlings. Also a Buklod officer in the Lamut Congregation, Camat went on to advise the brethren, saying, “Let’s help take care of the forest by participating in environment friendly activities.”
“It was a fun and good activity not only for the environment,” Lourdes Mangaccat, the congregation’s choir leader, said. “It also gave us a chance to hike, which is a good form of exercise.” — With reports from INC News Section