Tree planting and nurturing is part of MCME’s activities in rehabilitating open areas in MMFR as a resilient landscape by promoting endemic and native tree species for sustainable resource conservation and management.  Restoration and rehabilitation activities using endemic and native tree species will help improve and maintain genetic biodiversity. Indirectly, it will also improve micro-climate and water quality and quantity.

The partnership with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) started in 2014 with the BJMP Los Baños when the Division Head of Forests and Watershed Division was the late For. Rolly V. Breva. The area at the back of the CFNR Alumni Guesthouse was formerly a grassland dominated by weeds and shrubs. They cleared and cleaned a patch of land and planted it with native species of seedlings provided by the MCME. From then on, the BJMP Los Baños regularly conducts their tree planting and nurturing in the area, twice a year or sometimes every quarter.

Collaboration with the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology (BJMP) – CALABARZON Region started in 2021 with an online meeting with the FWD Technical Staff to discuss their interest and planned activity as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Having the same interest and nature of work, we let them adopt another patch of land beside BJMP Los Baños on the abovementioned site. Since then, the agency has conducted nurturing activities quarterly. For this year’s first quarter, they did the regular Tree Nurturing and Clean-Up Drive Activities last February 2, 2024, at the adopted tree planting site. At the onset of the rainy season, they will replant and conduct enrichment planting in the area.

This activity is one of the continuous efforts of the jail bureau to contribute to maintaining a greener, cleaner, and healthier CALABARZON. With public service as their all-out mission, they envision themselves as a dynamic institution highly regarded for its humane safekeeping and development of Persons Deprived of Liberty (PDL) and enthusiasm in rendering civic actions such as but not limited to tree planting and clean-up drive activities. Participated by eleven (11) BJMP Personnel from the regional office, they conducted maintenance and nurturing activities like weeding and brushing around the plants in the adopted site. They were supervised and assisted by FWD Staff, Jose Sonny A. Castillo, Jr., and Rich Opulencia.

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