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Members of the Bataan National School of Arts and Trades batch 88 launched a tree planting activity at the Wetland and Nature Park of Balanga City

posted Jul 21, 2011, 1:25 AM by Barangay Tortugas
The project, called “Ibong Dayo, Kaibigan Tayo”, was launched in coordination with the Balanga City Government under the auspices of Mayor Joet Garcia and Barangay Tortugas under Chairman Vic Baluyot Jr. and Council.

BNSAT Batch ‟88 launched the project in line with its advocacy to preserve Balanga‟s local natural resources, specifically and bird sanctuary. The project aims to further promote Balanga City as one of the country‟s prime tourist destinations, especially for local and foreign bird enthusiasts.

The batch members planted mangroves and coconut trees in the area not only to preserve the bird sanctuary but the natural environment and the community‟s livelihood as well.

Being in a coastal area, Barangay Tortugas residents depend on fishing for their primary means of livelihood. It is imperative, therefore, that people should protect this habitat in order for the community and other people to benefit from its natural resources. As Chairman Baluyot pointed out during the event, “For the past several years, people have neglected these mangrove trees and drastically ruined the environment. We have learned our mistakes, it‟s about time to correct these for our children‟s sake”.

By being part of this project, a brainchild of the Balanga local government, BNSAT Batch ‟88 played an important role in promoting not only of the Park‟s beauty as tourist destination, but also in raising people‟s awareness on the importance of preserving and rebuilding the natural environment.

“It is our way in making a difference, to be part of government‟s socio and civic projects and to show that BNSAT Batch ‟88 CARES, which is our Grand Reunion‟s battle cry” The tree planting project is part of BNSAT Batch 88‟s marathon projects, which include the Blood Letting program in partnership with the Red Cross Balanga Chapter held on November 27, 2010 and a Gift Giving and Feeding Program in Barangay Batangas dumpsite conducted on December 18, 2010, in preparation for its Grand Reunion in December 30, 2011.

BNSAT Batch ‟88 encourages other organizations to take part in this continuing effort of the local government, as the Barangay Chairman and its council welcomes all groups who wish to make a difference in their community. The Batch also encourages all “kababayans working and living abroad” to have a glimpse of the Wetland and Nature Park and make it one of the places to visit during in their homecoming.

By: Joseph Peter Fabian Chairman, Batch 88’ Grand Reunion