ASC conducts tree planting in Bacut Eco-tourism lake
In line with the advocacies of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines chaired by Sen. Loren Legarda, the Apayao State College, in coordination with the Local Government Unit (LGU) of Sta. Marcela, Apayao, spearheaded a tree planting activity in Bacut Eco-tourism lake, Marcela, Sta. Marcela, Apayao last September 19, 2017.
Said activity is in response to the directives of Sen. Legarda during the PASUC conference held last July 5-7, 2017 at the Century Park hotel in Malate, Manila, and further in observance to the PASUC Golden Anniversary.
A total of 100 wildlings of indigenous tree species such as Tindalo, Nangka, Rambutan, Cacao, Bettle Nut and Almaciga were planted. Said indigenous fruit trees were raised from the ASC-Clonal Nursery at sitio Payanan, San Gregorio, Luna, Apayao.
More or less fifty participants attended the said activity. Majority of which were BS-Forestry and BS-Agriculture students of ASC-Luna Campus, ROTC Officers and some faculty and staff led by its Campus Dean, Dr. Reymarie M. Caban.
Meanwhile, Bacut lake is a manmade eco-tourist destination currently being reforested by LGU of Sta. Marcela through its Local Chief Executive, Mayor Rolly Guiang who was recently adjudged as an outstanding mayor of the Philippines.
Further, ASC is a recipient of an area within the lake through a MOA with the LGU as an avenue for their biodiversity related activities. Part of the responsibilities of ASC, as indicated in the said MOA, is to sustain the area through its Biodiversity Integrated Research and Development (BIRD) Project as one of the initiatives of the College to fulfill its vision as a Biodiversity Research and Development-centered higher education institution and also in line with the provinces vision of becoming the “Prime Agro-Forest Center and Eco-Tourist Destination of the Far North.”
Having dubbed by researchers as the last frontier for nature’s regeneration blessed with the bounty across its untouched watersheds and forests, ASC consider this activity as part of its continuing response to the challenge for the Iyapayaos to boost socio-economic development without leaving a stain in the biodiversity as its greatest asset so far.
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