Philippines: Eco-Leadership and Tree Growing

Strengthening the Participation of the Youth in Protecting the Environment through Eco-Leadership Seminar and Tree Growing Activity

On October 30, 2016, the Ridge-to-Reef (R2R) Program, implemented by Mahintana Foundation through the support of Dole Philippines, Inc., organized the Eco-Leadership Seminar and Tree Growing Activity which was joined in by at least 150 youth participants. A total of 1,500 hills of assorted fruit and forest trees were planted along the gullies 112 B & 113 B located at Barangay Cannery, Polomolok, S.C.

The Eco-Leadership seminar was held afterwards at the Barangay Hall of Cannery with inputs from Ms. Ma. Theresa Catalan, MFI Project Coordinator, highlighting the Ecological Responsibility of the youth in improving the quality of the natural environment and combating global warming causing climate change. Ms. Catalan emphasized that engaging the millennial-generation in promoting environmental stewardship has important implications not only for the youth themselves but as well as to their communities.

The participants recognized their vital roles and conveyed their commitment in rehabilitating and preserving the environment through personal involvement and in making it a better place for generations to come.