In response to the call of President Rodrigo Duterte to protect the environment and Department of Education’s plan to tap 25 million students to plant trees, San Pablo City National High School teamed with Association Towards Mobilization of Science (ATOMOS) to form the 2018 Nature Walk and Tree Planting campaign, a six-month environmental project to increase ecological awareness and preserve local watershed.

Through the leadership of Rhodora De Villa, ATOMOS adviser together with Youth for Environment in Schools-Organization (YES-O) headed by Aris Cabral and the participation of  Dalubhasaan ng Lungsod ng San Pablo’s External Affair Society and selected science teachers, over 50 individuals from different grade levels and clubs teamed up to fulfill the tree planting campaign on August 11, at Tayak Adventure, Nature And Wildlife (TANAW) Tayak Hills, Rizal, Laguna.

Participants were welcomed by Mayor Antonino A. Aurelio who shared his expertise on Environmental Protection, Awareness, and the importance of planting trees.

“Kalimutan na natin lahat, huwag lang ang pag-aalaga ng kalikasan,” Mayor Aurelio said, stressing the importance of young students learning the essence of plant trees as it aides in giving us clean air and act as protection from disastrous flooding.

The project was very timely as the community’s preventive response to catastrophic flooding and devastating loss of livelihood and lives due to climate change.  (John Roldan C. Dimaano, Science Coordinator, San Pablo City National High School, Division of San Pablo)