Children function and adapt to the system of their immediate environment and carry throughout their childhood years the realities that they grew accustomed to within their vicinity. It is somehow a reflection of what they do, how they are doing, and who they are. Continuous environmental programs are in the works by Good Neighbors International Philippines (GNIP) for the realization of its importance to the child’s and the community’s development.
GNIP, together with the efforts of Barangay Pagnamitan that provided mangrove plants and nursery, the beneficiaries from the Department of Social Work and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and SLP group, and SIKAT that served as the resource speaker for during the activity, was able to successfully executed a Mangrove Bagging Activity on April 4, 2018, in Barangay Pagnamitan, Guiuan. The project intended to produce mangrove bagging which could be further be used during the mangrove planting in Tubabao Island or depending on the recommendation by CENRO of Guiuan.
Parents and the youth actively participated in the bagging activity. A short orientation was conducted by Mr. Edgar Orencion, Field Manager of SIKAT, in which he reminded the community of the proper ways and strategies of bagging mangroves and their importance to the environment. The project was able to yield 865 pieces of bagged mangroves and will be planted in the coastal areas after two to three months.
Child Sponsorship Facilitators and other community volunteers will be tapped to monitor and assess the bagged and planted mangroves to provide updates to the beneficiaries and the community.