118 Staff and Program Members of KMBI (Kabalikat para sa Maunlad na Buhay Inc.) Tacloban Branch participates in the Adopt a Mountain program in Utap, Tacloban City organized by the local government and implemented by PENRO (Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Officer) on October 01, 2011.
According to Myla Idaloy, Tacloban Branch Manager, “We chose this project because it entails stewardship. The program does not only end in tree planting but we will also be the caretaker of the designated area.” The Program Members and Staff were able to plant 750 Mahogany seedlings at Mt. Naganaga. Upon (MOA) signing between PENRO and KMBI, the branch will be planning their succeeding tree planting activities in the area. “We need to oversee whether the seedlings really had grown and if not they will have to ensure that it will be replaced. For five years the area will be under our custody,” added Idaloy.
The group was guided and facilitated by Antonio Higno, the officer-in-charge of PENRO in the area. They were taught how to properly plant and care for the seedlings. “The experience brought so many learnings and realization. Nature has so many wondrous gift that man has enjoyed and devastated. We were created to be the earth’s steward, therefore, it is our responsibility to take care of it,” said Christopher Remegio, Program Unit Supervisor of KMBI Tacloban Branch.