• Road to 2020 program coordinator

    Thaddeus does the orientation with the volunteers

    Thaddeus does the orientation with the volunteers

    3 a.m.—Time to get up and ready for the day’s tree planting event with Technoserve Construction Co. Inc. and JGC Philippines, Inc. I took a bath and wore my Haribon shirt, pants and my trekking shoes. Checked gadgets with GPS and portable speakerphone fully charged.

    4:13 a.m.—We made our way to UP Los Baños. Forester Ben Arizala, manager of Land Grant Management Office (LGMO) will attend the first tree planting of Haribon and UP-LGMO in their site.


    The author (right) guiding his Team Dita

    5:20 a.m.—Entering the UP Gate. It’s nice to see my alma mater at this early morning. People are jogging and inhaling the cool and fresh air from the UP campus.

    6:15 a.m.— Stop over at Sta. Cruz for breakfast. Need to have enough energy for trekking, planting and checking of the whole planting site. Ordered an all-Filipino meal of one cup of rice, newly fried pork-chop and Bulalo soup.

    7:24 a.m.—We are at Laguna-Quezon Land Grant (LGLG), Brgy. Magsaysay, Siniloan Laguna. This time it is the cool breeze of the Sierra Madre Mountains that welcomed us with fog while I sip my cup of coffee at the LGMO field office.

    Volunteers plant their seedlings

    Volunteers plant their seedlings

    8:10 a.m.—Gave an orientation on ROAD to 2020. I mentioned the indigenous trees to be planted such as Lipote, Malaruhat, Bani, Banilad and others. I emphasized that planting should start from the farthest portion going back to the entry point of each planting strip. Our target is that each volunteer should plant 15 seedlings.

    9:30 a.m.—Started trekking. All the 10 JGC groups played their riddle game. The game was intended to add excitement while trekking the long ascending trail. It was a good idea since the attention of the participants was diverted to answering the riddle instead of the trek. From time to time, I give updates to the participants on the distance traveled using the GPS.

    10:40 a.m.—Together with Fr. Rey, we demonstrated the proper way of planting the seedlings. We emphasized the important considerations in planting. Photo-documentation was made and also acquired enough GPS readings enclosing the planting site.

    11:35 a.m.—The Technoserve group and JGC participants finished their planting. They definitely enjoyed the activity and I immediately checked the site.

    11:40 a.m.—Traveled back to LGMO field office.

    12:30 p.m.—We had lunch then we freshened up after.

    2 p.m.—Traveled back to UPLB.

    3:41 p.m.—Merienda at Real, Calamba and there I left the service vehicle. Very excited to go home.

    5:18 p.m.—Finally, I’m with my family.


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