THE Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through its Zamboanga del Norte field offices, conducted simultaneous activities that marked the celebration of Earth Day Friday, April 22.

DENR Regional Information Officer Rosevirico Tan said Saturday, April 23, that the personnel of the Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office of Zamboanga del Norte, together with staff from the Protected Area Management Office (Pamo) of Jose Rizal Memorial Protected Landscape (JRMPL), conducted an environmental trek wherein they collected trashes along the JRMPL zone.

Before the environmental trek, a short presentation on the profile of JRMPL was shown to 42 participants of the activity.

Meanwhile, personnel of the Community Environment and Natural Resources Office (Cenro)-Pinan in collaboration with the officials Sta. Cruz village, Dapitan City, conducted a coastal clean-up.

The coastal cleanup in Sta. Cruz Villages was held together with the personnel of the 902nd Civil Defense Center of the Philippine Army and Jose Rizal Memorial State University Reserve Officer Training Course.

Tan said the 125 participants of the coastal cleanup have collected 45 sacks of waste during the activity.

He said before the cleanup, a short information drive on the importance of investing in positive environmental change was presented to the participants.

On the other hand, the personnel of Cenro-Siocon planted 150 Narra seedlings along the riverbanks of Tamao village, in Baliguian town.

The tree planting was held together with the villages officials of Tamao, Tan said.

He added the activities were aimed to celebrate Mother Earth and spread awareness on the state of planet, “as well as to be an example on how we in our own way invest in our planet earth.”

This year’s Earth Day celebration is anchored on the theme “Invest In Our Planet.” (SunStar Zamboanga)

Source: SunStar (https://www.sunstar.com.ph/article/1927162/zamboanga/local-news/tree-planting-cleanup-drive-mark-earth-day-celebration)