The Race to One Million Seedlings is an advocacy which aims to plant one million trees in National Capital Region (NCR) and create a nation advocating for environmental protection and preservation. The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) through the Civil Relations Service launched this advocacy last March 2016. Since then, this unit has been conducting seed potting and tree planting activities to different schools and various communities all over National Capital Region.

Among the partner communities who pledged their support to the advocacy is Barangay E. Rodriguez in Quezon City. Troops from 7CRG CRSAFP together with CMOG, PA students organized both seed potting and tree planting activities participated by residents and barangay officials of Brgy. E. Rodriguez.

Hon. Marciano Buena Agua, the Brgy. Chairman appreciated the activity as it is, according to him, helps alleviate the adverse effect of climate change. He also added how trees can be of help in times of flood in disasters.

“Tayo ay magtatanim ng puno para sa ganon, hindi tayo bahain,” said Hon. Buena Agua during the program of the activity. (We will plant trees so that we will not get flooded.)

Additionally, Korina Misalucha, SK Chairman said that the Race to One Million Seedlings is beneficial for the community.

“Ang maitutulong nito sa Barangay namin ay madagdagan pa ang mga puno, makakatulong rin ito na solusyon ang epekto ng Climate Change na nararanasan ng bansa ngayon,” Misalucha added. (What it [Race to One Million Seedlings] can help to our barangay is the additional trees that can be a solution to the effect of Climate Change that our country is experiencing right now.)

Meanwhile, Dayday Espino, Brgy Sweeper was hopeful that the next generation will continue the legacy of saving the environment.

“[At tsaka] yong mga apo namin, apo ko, pwedeng-pwedeng sila naman ang [magtanim] kung wala na kami,” said Dayday Espino, Brgy. Sweeper of E. Rodriguez. (And also, our grandchildren will be able to continue planting trees when we are gone)

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