On Friday, July 3, 2020, 200 marabay and narra seedlings were planted for the Tree Planting and Educational Visit of the Ateneo de Naga University High School Batch 70 in partnership with the Metropolitan Naga Water District (MNWD) at the Septage Treatment Facility (STF) and Farm Tourism Center, Sitio Caromatig, Brgy. Carolina, Naga City.
With the theme “Trees for Sustainable Communities,” the said activity is an offshoot of the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by Ateneo de Naga University General Alumni Association (ADNUGAA) and Metropolitan Naga Water District last February 22, 2020.
The partnership between ADNUGAA and MNWD focuses on the Watershed Rehabilitation, Protection, and Community Development to ensure water sustainability and environmental integrity of the Mt. Isarog Natural Park (MINP) and the Naga River Watershed.
Members of the ADNU HS Batch ‘70 organized the Tree Planting and Educational Visit in support of the partnership and to create more green spaces within Naga City, bringing opportunities for a better quality of life for the people in the community and nearby areas.
In return, apart from providing the site and the seedlings, MNWD will nurture and monitor the growth and sustainability of the seedlings planted by ADNU HS Batch ‘70 and other groups from the ADNU community, henceforth.
Despite the unsettling conditions brought by the Covid-19 pandemic and the aggravating effects of climate change, MNWD and its stakeholders like ADNUGAA persist to develop relevant programs that will respond to the challenges of time.
Over the years up to this day, we’ve seen a constant battle between economic progress and environmental sustainability. The good news, however, is that we can close the gap and create solutions to end this plight through collective effort and inclusivity of all key players. The Tree Planting and Educational Visit of ADNU HS Batch 70 reminded us that every action is a step closer to what we want to achieve. (APVSGonzales)
MNWD through the Engineering and Environment Department (EED) organized a Tree Planting and Educational Visit for ADNU HS Batch ‘70 as an initial activity of the MOA signed between ADNUGAA and MNWD early this year.
Standing strong, the ADNU HS Batch ‘70 post the Tree Planting and Educational Visit with hopes to bring greener spaces for environmental sustainability.
In his welcome remarks, Chairman of the Board of Directors Jorge T. Palma gave a brief overview of what was bound to happen during the Tree Planting and Educational Visit and shared among the participants some of the effective management efforts of MNWD to ensure water sustainability in Camarines Sur.
GM Virgilio B. Luansing I expressed his sincere gratitude to ADNUGAA and ADNU HS Batch ‘70 for their partnership and support to the advocacies of the MNWD towards watershed protection and water sustainability.
As stated by DMA Vicente Aniceto D. Rubio in his message “Potable water is a product of a clean and green environment,” he emphasized the interconnectedness of water and nature and how MNWD takes a holistic approach in terms of its programs and development projects.