ZAMBOANGA CITY: Military officials led soldiers in planting 200 giant bamboo seedlings inside the Camp Don Basilio Navarro as a way of celebrating the Philippine Armed Forces’ 79th Founding Anniversary. Lt. Gen. Rustico Guerrero, chief of the Western Mindanao Command, also called on residents to plant bamboo seedlings in their backyards, stressing this is good for the environment and has a high economic value. “Considering all the environmental benefits of bamboos, the Bamboo Reforestation Project is a priority of the AFP to mitigate the effects of climate change and contribute to disaster management,” he said. In Zamboanga del Sur province, the 1st Infantry Division, under Brig. Gen. Gerardo Barrientos, also planted 200 pieces of giant bamboo seedlings inside the Kuta Major Cesar Sang-an in Labangan town.“This Project is a modest contribution of Team Tabak in mitigating the effects of Climate Change and Global Warming. Bamboo requires less maintenance and can be harvested in 3-5 years. It can also be a source of livelihood because of its different uses. The Tabak Troopers join our AFP in being Green Warriors,” Barrientos said. He also encouraged the public to support the government greening and reforestation program by planting trees or flowers, and even vegetable gardens.