“Ride your Bike and Help Cebu’s Forest Survive!”, this tagline is hoped to inspire and empower young cyclists to be the next generation of environmental stewards.
In celebration of the International Day of the Earth which carries the theme, “Restore Our Earth,” the Coastal Resources and Ecotourism Research, Development and Extension Center (CRERDEC) organized a Youth Engagement Activity held at Camp-7, Minglanilla, Cebu on April 22, 2021.
Cycling enthusiasts, mostly from Talisay City, Cebu kept their balance as they joined CRERDEC by pedaling into the right direction to help protect and conserve the country’s oldest reforestation project, the Osmeña Reforestation Project (ORP) in Minglanilla and Talisay City, Cebu.
A brief lecture on the history of the ORP and the EFS, their status, and various conservation and protection activities were done at the CRERDEC Training Hall.
But the event was made more meaningful with each participant doing tree care activities such as ring weeding and mulching and had their names tagged on the seedlings.
This activity becomes part of the ‘Adopt-a-Tree’ program which CRERDEC hopes to institutionalize for the EFS.
The day was extra fun with games and surprises. Cyclists eagerly flexed their brains in guessing some eco-friendly terminologies via the on-screen scrabble game.
Distribution of tokens and eco-friendly giveaways and prizes made it more exciting.
Capping the Earth Day event was the signing of a Pledge of Commitment by the young cyclists as they promised to engage and contribute to the forest restoration efforts and help restore earth by following environmental laws, rules and regulations.
As the Youth Engagement and Earth Day activity specially called for enhancing awareness about the issues afflicting the Experimental Forest Station (EFS) within ORP, young cyclists willingly assumed their new role as advocates for a healthy EFS in particular and Cebu’s remaining forests in general.
Participants had their best smiles before leaving Camp 7, Minglanilla.
For them, it is always worth the ride, if they pedal their way to help Cebu’s forest survive. J.C.C. Garde and M.J.J.E. Bautista