“I get to experience the beauty of our country since I was in college,” shared Lloyd Mangohig, Haribon’s new membership development officer. A graduate of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas, Mangohig had seen beautiful plants around the campus, and soon became interested of what more the country has to offer, so he involved himself in mountain climbing and snorkeling.
Prior to Haribon, Mangohig worked in various environmental sectors campaigning for a wide array of topics in recent years. He has been exposed to variety of issues concerning the natural resources of the Philippines.
“All I can say is that our country is very rich in terms of biodiversity. Unfortunately, with the environmental problems right now like climate change, deforestation and species extinction, the next generation might not experience how beautiful our country is,” the officer said.
The current plight of the Philippine environment alarms the environmental advocate. According to him, “What’s happening right now in our environment is very alarming and the saddest part is some people don’t even care about it.”
With his current role in Haribon, Mangohig hopes to raise awareness, to be able to bridge the gap between biodiversity conservation and people, as well as involve them in taking care of the environment.
“My dream is to be able to share the beauty of our country and make them believe that we need to protect it not only for ourselves but for the next generation,” Mangohig concluded.