Courtesy of the ALC Foundation, with the participation of Siena College of Taytay, Rizal Eco-Savers’ Club and the Barangay of San Isidro, Taytay Rizal, A Better Chance Foundation was able to conduct a Bamboo Planting Project at Palmera Heights 1 in Taytay, Rizal last November 24, 2014.
Ms. Gerlie Katimbang of ALC Foundation opened the planting ceremony with a short speech regarding the importance of bamboo and its uses. On behalf of Siena College of Taytay, President Mo. Terry Examen, O.P. gave a brief message of thanks and gave her support to helping preserve the environment by encouraging the younger generation and the students of Siena College, Taytay to take active part in preserving Mother Earth. She finished her speech with an old Asian saying “A man is born in a bamboo cradle and goes away in a bamboo coffin. Everything in between is possible with bamboo.”
Bamboo are without doubt one of the most important non-wood forestry products, and one of the most important agricultural plants in the world. Bamboo is a plant that provides a lot of environmental benefits, considering that bamboo are technically a grass belonging to the subfamily Bambusoideae. It is used for ecological purposes such as soil stabilization and prevention of erosion on hill slopes and verges.
The staff and officials of Barangay San Isidro extended their utmost appreciation to A Better Chance Foundation and ALC Foundation for choosing their locality for this environmental activity. The Homeowners Association of Palmera Heights 1 were extremely happy because the bamboo will be planted at the exact location where past landslide accidents took place.
Fr. Mark Anthony Naval officiated and blessed the seedlings as well as the ground for growth and nourishment of the bamboo. After the blessing, members of the Siena College Eco-Saver’s Club, volunteers from the Barangay, and members of ABC Foundation and ALC Foundation all took part in planting the bamboo seedlings. It was indeed a team effort!