DepEd-NorMin celebrates World Teachers Day with BAMBOO-3E tree growing
by Rutchie Cabahug-Aguhob
CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Misamis Oriental, Oct. 5 (PIA) – Amidst chants of jubilation for “My Teacher, My Hero,” theme of the World Teachers Day, students of Bulua National High School started today’s celebration with a tree growing activity along the Bulua River Bank, here.
The area has been planted with bamboo by Task Force “Best Action for Mobilizing Barangay Organizations for Opportunities in Education, Environment and Entrepreneurship (BAMBO-3E).”
A flagship project of DepEd, region 10, BAMBOO 3E, is a multi-sectoral approach to enhance environmental education and entrepreneurship formation among children.
“This is the 5th area being planted with bamboo by the task force, adding to the previous ones: Mambuaya, Gusa, Cugman and Iponan River Banks,” Regional Director Luz Almeda of DepEd-10, said.
A year-long activity, BAMBOO-3E commits and supports bamboo growing and caring along riverbanks, not only because its potential for preventing soil erosion, but also because of its entrepreneurial value.
Almeda, who is the Chairperson of the TF BAMBOO-3E, said the project also aims to address the concern on climate change by the schools.
She also said the task force has chosen to plant bamboo trees because of its many uses: when they become matured, they can be harvested and processed into desks, chairs, tables, cabinets, blackboards, book shelves, book stands, book ends, etc., and be utilized in schools, thus creating jobs for the community, especially, the parents of the school children.
“We want to teach the students how to take care of the environment by educating them how to plant trees, grow them and then develop their entrepreneurial skills using the bamboo as a means to sustain their lives.
“In fact, we have arranged the tree growing activities along river banks near a school to ensure that they are cared for by the students, their parents, their teachers, and the community,” as well.
Helping out in the tree-planting/tree-growing activity by preparing the seedlings and other planting materials, tree guards, etc. to ensure the growth of the bamboos and protect them from destructive animals were the following:
Parent-Teachers’ Association, the Purok/Zone leaders, and beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Department of Science and Technology (DOST), Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), through the Barangay Local Government, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) and Department of Tourism (DOT). (PIA-10)