“Tayo Ang Kalikasan” Movement, a nationwide initiative by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources which was adapted by Municipal Environment and Natural Resources Office of Manolo Fortich held its 2nd Memorandum of Understanding with its additional government and non-government partners on September 22, 2022 at the LGU Conference Hall. The following schools, company, and organization signed their Memorandum of Understanding as pledge of partnership for the execution of the movement; Boys Scouts of the Philippines (BSP), Girls Scouts of the Philippines (GSP), Barkada Kontra Dronga (BKD), Student Pupil Government (SPG), Supreme Student Government (SSG) and Youth for Environment in Schools – Organization (YES-O) of Damilag Integrated School, Agricultural Crops Production (ACP), Humanities and Social Sciences (HUMSS) and YES-O of Manolo Fortich National High School, Kalugmanan Elementary School YES-O, Mantibugao Integrated School YES-O, CJ Philippines Inc., Mindanao Feedmill Plant, and #LetEarthBreath Movement.
Last July 2021, the first batch of partners signed their MOU were the following; Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Alae National High School, Manolo Fortich Transport Cooperative, One Manolo Fortich Transport Cooperative, GSF Trucking Services, JJF Trucking Services, and Golden Hand Trucking Services. The following partners shall be assigned with areas where they will conduct reforestation as well as monitoring of the trees they have planted. This is aligned with the original agenda of the movement to commit in planting one million forest trees from 2019 and includes maintaining and protecting seedlings.
“Tayo Ang Kalikasan” is a movement that intends to involve the citizens to actively involved in the protection and preservation of the natural resources and environment as part of the stewardship for sustainable development. Manolo Fortich MENRO headed by Mrs. Sharon G. Tacbobo and the support and collaboration of Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (CENRO) and the Local Government Unit of Manolo Fortich puts its best foot forward when it comes to environmental advocacies. In his message, Hon. Mayor Rogelio N. Quiño expressed his greatest intentions for the preservation of the natural resources and the environment by prioritizing it in his 10-Point Agenda. According to him, he noticed the changes that had happened in the areas of Manolo Fortich due to agricultural and industrial commercialization. He reminded to make sure that the companies who signed their memorandum saw to it that they complied with their pledges. In the last part of his message, he expressed his eagerness to support the program. “I think with this program, Tayo Ang Kalikasan, this will improve our environment… And LGU promise to support this program.”
Majority of the participants of the recent MOU are from the Department of Education. They shared their thoughts on how they are going to implement their activities to support the movement. Mrs. Syra Canto-Razalo, YES-O Adviser from Mantibugao Integrated School stated that they will start by creating first their group of officers and tap their barangay to develop the area that was assigned to them. Mrs. Maria Salome Niere, School Principal of Damilag Integrated School added, what prompted them to engage with the movement because it is aligned with the activities they already have in their school. “In our school, we let the students plant trees. One student, one tree. With this movement our activities in the school will be monitored and strengthened.”
The event is also attended by CENRO Officer Forester Morito B. Estifano who confirmed his appreciation to the support that the education sector is giving to the movement. The Chairwoman of the Committee on Environment, Hon. Rina E. Quiño was also present in the signing signifying the full presence of the administration regarding the movement.
Date Posted: September 23, 2022