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AFP personnel, dependents join tree growing program

ZAMBOANGA CITY, July 17 –- The personnel and dependents of the 4th Civil Relations Group (CRG) are actively participating in the Tree Growing Program of the Civil Relations Service (CRS) of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The 4th CRG, which is based at Camp Navarro, this city, is one of the units under the CRS.

The activity, which started last month and set to culminate next month, involves the planting of fruit-bearing trees by CRS personnel not only at specified areas but also within their homes’ respective backyards.

Lt. Col. Erwin Alea, 4th CRG chief, said the activity is in line with CRS-AFP’s advocacy of involving its personnel, both military and civilian employees to include their dependents in the “Greening” program and subsequently project the AFP’s Internal Peace and Security Plan (IPSP) strategic objective on environmental protection and disaster risk reduction and management.

Alea said the primary intent of the program is to make a substantial and significant impact not only toward addressing the adverse effects of global warming and climate change but more importantly in generating a concerted effort to address this global concern.

With this program, Alea said the CRS would be able to project the relevance and collective commitment of its personnel and their dependents for the environment.

The program is to be implemented in three successive phases, Alea said.

He said that preparation, education and program orientation was done by the 4th CRG under phase one, while the tree planting proper under phase two was recently implemented by organic personnel, civilian employees and the dependents of the same military unit.

Most of the dependents enjoyed the activity.

Among them is the five-year-old sister of Army Private First Class (PFC) Raymond Ferdinand Quin, Neeshka Quin, who actively involved herself during the tree planting and growing activities at 4th CRG headquarters.

“It’s like I’m playing while planting trees,” Quin replied with a smile when asked if she like planting trees.

“We are encouraging not only our personnel but everyone to get involved with this kind of activity because aside from the benefit that we are giving the environment, this activity would also be a nice moment to spend leisure time especially for parents when they want their children to learn, appreciate, and value the importance of a greener mother nature,” Alea said. (PNA) LAP/TPG/utb

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