Students learn about native trees

Students visit Haribon’s booth to learn more about its biodiversity conservation projects during Ateneo’s HEC week

Students visit Haribon’s booth to learn more about its biodiversity conservation projects during Ateneo’s HEC week

In partnership with the Health and Environment Cluster under the Council of Organizations of the Ateneo de Manila University, Haribon Foundation was invited as its major partner during its Health and Environment Cluster Week (HEC Week).

HEC Week aims to promote the advocacies of its organizations and partner institutions through a fair where there will be booths and projects throughout the week.

Haribon’s online #nativetreecity contest was conducted throughout the entire week that enabled students to join in their city-wide mapping while also getting a chance to win a “Puno Ng Pagasa” shirt. To join the contest, the person simply had to take at least three pictures of native trees, which could contain its leaves, flowers, seeds and trunk for identification purposes. They then have to make a public post in Facebook with the #nativetreecity and #3tsADMU. Once it is identified to be a native tree, the participant gets to win a shirt and is also able to raise awareness of native trees within the city.

Besides the contest, Haribon also had the Ateneo Tree Trek headed by David Ples at the beginning of the week. The tree trek was organized to give participants a chance to learn and appreciate the rich and diverse native trees within the campus. Unfortunately, this activity was cut short because of an unexpected event.

Students were able to visit the Haribon booth that was placed in LS Promenade along with other booths from invited partners and organizations under the cluster. Inside the booth, brochures and posters were handed down to people for free.

People had the chance to join the membership donation drive and become a member of Haribon for a certain fee and become part of a committee of their choice.

Volunteer sign-up sheets was also placed for interested people who wanted to help in Haribon for free.

For those people who just want to help the foundation, they can Adopt A Seedling (AAS) for P300 from the Road to 2020 tree planting campaign. If they are interested, they can join in the tree planting also.

This year, open tree planting is scheduled every last Saturday from July until November. The native tree seedlings will be maintained and taken care of by the community for a minimum of three years.

At the end of the week, HEC handed over the donation given by fellow students to Haribon and were also able to appreciate the beauty and environmental benefits of native trees in the metro.

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