Pangasinan broadcasters turn tree planters
SAN FABIAN – Pangasinan broadcasters recently traded their microphones, tape recorders and other communication gadgets for a day for mangrove seedlings and digging tools and did their share of further greening the coastal area here by joining “Oplan Broadcastreeing 2016.”
On its sixth year, “Oplan Broadcastreeing” was conducted by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP)-Pangasinan chapter in Sobol village in this town on August 6 with over 200 participants composed of local media practitioners and employees from both government and non-government organizations.
The annual greening activity is a project of KBP in partnership with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) with the aim of helping protect the environment against climate change and global warming by planting trees.
Emmanuel Sibayan, chairman of KBP-Pangasinan chapter, said the endeavor was held simultaneously by KBP chapters nationwide as broadcasters are not merely spreading the word about climate change but also doing their part by greening the world.
“It was also meant to show that a broadcaster is not only a reporter and service provider on air but can also take a lead role in saving Mother Earth,” he added.
Sibayan said this initiative yielded to more than 3,000 mangroves planted in the area.
He expressed his gratitude to all who joined the event by saying, “Sa lahat ng sumama, maraming salamat sa inyong pakikiisa. Ito ay isang magandang sakripisyo para sa pangangalaga ng kalikasan.”
The “Oplan Broadcastreeing” was previously conducted in San Manuel town in 2011, San Fabian town in 2012, along Pantal and Dawel River in Dagupan City in 2013, Bonuan Tondaligan Beach in Dagupan City in 2014 and at the Manleluag Spring Protected Landscape at Barangay Malabobo in Mangatarem town last year.
Aside from the tree planting activity, KBP-Pangasinan chapter also takes an active role in spearheading journalism seminars, member accreditation, blood donation drive and socio-civic activities.
A regular KBP Forum is also being held in partnership with the Philippine Information Agency (PIA)-Pangasinan Information Center every Thursday where invited guests from public and private institutions can share updates and various activities and programs. (PIA-1, Pangasinan)
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