Recognizing the importance of protecting and preserving the Wawa Dam and the Pamitinan Protected Landscape, a bamboo planting activity was organized by Fr. Benigno P. Beltran on Oct. 4, 2017 in Brgy. San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal. The activity aimed to plant bamboo along the riverbanks of Pamitinan Protected Landscape (PPL) in order to minimize soil erosion and as well as provide livelihood opportunities to communities in the area in the future.

The DENR participated on the said activity with Dr. Henry A. Adornado representing Secretary Roy Cimatu. Before the start of the bamboo planting, a short program was undertaken wherein Dir. Adornado delivered a short message in behalf of the Secretary. He commended the leadership of Fr. Beltran in his effort to help rehabilitate and preserve the country’s environment and natural resources.

The activity was made possible in collaboration with the team of Ms. Earth Australia 2017-Nina Robertson as part of their advocacy of conserving the beauty of planet earth. Together with Ms. Robertson, other volunteers who participated in the bamboo planting activity include youth from Mga Anak ni Inang Daigdig (Children of Mother Earth), members of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD), officers and staff of ALC Foundation Inc., and residents of Quezon City.

With this undertaking, Fr. Beltran continued to inspire individuals and groups to commit themselves in taking care of the environment and natural resources as well as in creating strategies to promote/achieve sustainability and environmental equity. Myline O. Aparente, TTD