MANILA, Sept. 27 — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has announced that it is joining the government's national greening program with its Bamboo Reforestation Program (BRP).
Around 5,000 bamboo saplings are available for this initiative, AFP public affairs office chief Col. Noel Detoyato said.
BRP aims to contribute to the mitigation of climate change and disaster management, considering the carbon capture capability and cheaper reforestation cost of bamboos.
Relative to this, the AFP Southern Luzon Command (Solcom) has issued a directive for the conduct of BRP along the Wawa Dam area in Rodriguez, Rizal.
Detoyato also said the the BRP is in line with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) set by the United Nations.
Of the 17 SDG flags, the Philippines has been chosen to host the flag symbolizing SDG #15: “Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss.”
The participation of the country is being championed by the Philippine Sustainability Challenge (PSC), where one of its members is Veritas Social Empowerment Inc. (Veritas).
Veritas earlier spearheaded a tree-planting activity at Sitio Wawa, Barangay San Rafael, Rodriguez, Rizal where various sectors participated. (PNA)