Santa Putenciana Parish Youth Ministry, the Sangguniang Kabataan and Sibaltan National High School led the community in a tree planting activity at the Barangay Sibaltan’s Water Reserve Area at Sitio Tumbod on September 11, 2011. Some 127 community members participated in the said eco-care activity and they were able to plant 130 seedlings. However, the they plan to do more and plant a total of 300 seedlings this year.

Before planting, there was a ceremony led by Rev. Fr. Eduardo Pariño, parish priest of Sta. Putenciana Parish. The priest explained to the youth the need to plant trees to combat global warming. He also explained its importance to the sustainability of water supply for farm irrigation and human consumption. He stressed to the community members gathered there that it is a sacred duty of every Christian to protect the environment.

The tree planting activity was part of the partnership between the Barangay Government of Sibaltan and Santa Puntenciana Parish in protecting and restoring the forests. Currently, the two organizations are actively campaigning against illegal logging ang kaingin. [Arvin Acosta, LGU]