The bamboo planting activity started at around 7 o’clock in the morning with a short orientation on safety and proper way of planting bamboo seedlings. The management limits the participation of its personnel and other participants to observe health protocols to prevent contracting the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID 2019). The said activity was also participated by some of the personnel from Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENRO), and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) officials of Barangay Poblacion.
Recognizing its contribution to the protection and conservation of the environment, the Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Department of Roxas Sigma Agriventures Inc. (RSAI) has partnered with the Municipal Environment and Natural Resources (MENRO) of LGU-Tupi, South Cotabato to plant bamboo seedlings along riverbanks of Sitio Tukalabong, Brgy. Crossing Rubber, Tupi, South Cotabato, August 7.
Glen Rolly C. Visaya, MENRO Officer, acknowledges the importance and benefits of bamboos for a livable and sustainable community. He added that if there is unity among the people, we can protect and conserve the environment.
A total of 100 bamboo seedlings were planted along the riverbanks. The seedlings were provided by the Roxas Sigma Agriventures, Inc.
The bamboo planting activity was one way of the company’s social corporate responsibility in helping the government’s reforestation efforts to rehabilitate some of the riverbanks in the country. The planted bamboo will be of great help in preventing riverbank erosion and siltation to mitigate the effects of floods in the future.
“As part of RSAI Compliance Monitoring Report on Environmental Management Plan and Monitoring System, we shall plant appropriate tree species within the Municipality of Tupi where we are able to restore, control and protect our watershed, preserving soil and supporting wildlife”, said Rosa L. Torino, Senior Supervisor-EHS.
Planting bamboo along riverbanks has a lot of environmental benefits because they function as carbon sinks, produce oxygen, control soil erosion, provide organic matter, regulate water levels in watersheds, conserve biodiversity, beautify the landscape, and essentially contribute to the purification and regulation of the environment.