In line with the celebration of Philippine Environment Month last June 18, Saturday, Ateneo De Zamboanga University -Social Awareness Community Service and Involvement, spearheaded a Tree Caring: Bamboo propagated planting activity.
With a theme, “Go for Wildlife”, SACSI initiated the planting of 150 Bamboos in a Purok in Sinunuc. According to SACSI project officer Wilma Omboy, Barangay Sinunuc is identify as one of the adopted communities of the institution. Base from theOffice of the City Environment and Natural Resources together with the College of Agriculture the Climate Change Hazard and its impact to the bio- diversity of the barangay which is prone to erosion because of their giant river.
“The bamboos help in continuing the preservation of the Biodiversity which can give home to almost 1000 species for every bamboo tree,” Omboy said. 150 bamboo grass were planted in the riverbanks of the barangay Sinunuc aim to serve guard on the huge flood that usually happen in times of heavy rain. “The bamboo planted is not only intended for the safeguarding of the floods, but it will also play a big role to the communities, wherein they can be a source of their livelihood in the future,” Omboy disclosed.
The activity which was participated by the representatives of students from different levels of ADZU, Senior high school students from Claret High School with the Claret High School Alumni class ’84, ZABIDA representatives and most especially the communities in Barangay Sinunuc especially from Kinaiyahan housing led by PAKAZA president Juanita Cabugatan and the Barangay Local Government unit.
SACSI is one of the members (and secretariat) of the Zamboanga City Civil Society Organizations-Climate Change Adaptation Alliance that was newly organized to maximize the different environmental initiatives of the various institutions and to come together with the government line agencies aims to intensify strategies and mechanisms to help areas in the region improve their knowledge on the effects of the climate change and to develop and implement adaptation strategies. (with reports from Jodalyn Pagal and Leo Gaspar)