Left photo: AD Bighani M. Manipula awards certificate of appreciation to Mayor David O. Aventurado, Jr. of Magdalena, Laguna. Right photo: Mayor David O. Aventurado, Jr. and AD Bighani M. Manipula sign the phase-out/ sustainability plan of the project.

The ERDB-Gender and Development Focal Point System (GADFPS) has implemented the “Kapaligiran at Likas Yamang Pag-unlad sa Nayon: An Adopt a Community Project”. The project adopted Barangay Bucal of Magdalena, Laguna through the People’s Organization (PO) Balikatan 2005 and the Clean and Green Women’s Club of Magdalena, Laguna.  ERDB’s bamboo propagation technology was introduced in the area to rehabilitate a portion of the Balanac River and a possible source of livelihood of the community in the future.

On March 25, 2019, a simple turn-over ceremony was held at the municipal hall of Magdalena, Laguna. Representatives from the MLGU of Magdalena (4), BLGU of Barangay Bucal which include representatives from the 2 POs (4) and ERDB (4) attended the activity.  Honorable Mayor, David O. Aventurado, Jr. was personally present to accept the project.  Both the mayor and ERDB Assistant Director, Dr. Bighani M. Manipula (as Director Quintana’s representative) signed the project phase-out plan.

Ms. Erlinda A. Chipongian, member of the Clean and Green Women’s Club led the short prayer followed by the singing of the National Anthem.  Ms. Olivia A. Evidente, the Municipal Administrator delivered the welcome remarks.

Dr. Bighani M. Manipula gave the inspirational message and thanked the Municipal government for supporting the project. Ms. Ma. Vienna O. Austria, project leader, presented the project background and accomplishments while Brgy Captain Nomar L. Sune of Barangay Bucal  pledged his commitment to the project .  Mr. Sune also expressed his thanks to the project team for their patience and perseverance and promised to continue what has been started.  The signing of the project phase-out plan came in next while the awarding of certificates of appreciation followed. Mayor Aventurado expressed his sincerest gratitude to ERDB for having implemented the project in their municipality.  He gladly accepted it and made a commitment to expand the undertaking to other barangays near Balanac River. Ma. Vienna O. Austria, TTD