Statistical Community of Eastern Visayas' count up trees in this year's NSM Celebration

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Friday, October 5, 2018

Statistical Community of Eastern Visayas count up trees in this year’s National Statistics Month (NSM) Celebration through a tree planting activity in Brgy. San Roque, Mayorga, Leyte on 5 October 2018.

More than 300 participants coming from government agencies, academe, and the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Mayorga actively joined in planting 500 bitaog and talisay saplings to reinforce the beach forest area in Brgy. San Roque, Mayorga, Leyte. The activity was sponsored by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources Regional Office (DENR) VIII and Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) Palo in coordination with LGU Mayorga.

Tree planting has already been institutionalized as one of the major activities in celebration of NSM.  It is conducted in support of the government’s National Greening Program (NGP), particularly the Mangrove and Beach Forest Development Project (MBFDP) component, to strengthen the coastal defenses against future storm surges thereby making the communities climate change resilient.

Before the tree planting activity, a Holy mass and a short program was conducted. Mayor Valente Adolfo warmly welcomed the participants and thanked  DENR VIII for choosing their municipality as venue for this year’s tree planting. Ms. Josephine Agustin, MBFDP Coordinator of CENRO Palo, discussed the importance of tree planting in maintaining a healthy ecology to ensure the survival of every Filipino. In behalf of the Regional Statistics Committee (RSC) VIII and the Philippine Statistics Authority – Regional Statistical Service Office (PSA – RSSO) VIII, Ms. Zonia C. Salazar, expressed its gratitude to LGU Mayorga for hosting the activity. She also shared three insights from the homily on man’s sin against ecology; the need to reconcile with ecology through tree planting; and the activity as a concrete act of love and care for the next generation. She likewise emphasized that this activity is very much related to this year’s NSM theme, “Exploring Philippine Wonders in Numbers: Statistics Towards Sustainable Tourism Development”, since there can never be tourism development without taking care of nature.

The RSC VIII, through the PSA – RSSO VIII as its secretariat, spearheads the NSM celebration in the region. 

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