Mangrove planting, feeding
conducted in Punta Taytay
A mangrove planting with feeding and outreach program was recently held in Barangay Punta Taytay, Bacolod City, by the Ecological Society of the Philippines and the JRS Express, a press release from organizers said.
The activity was phase one of the group’s environmental and humanitarian project titled “ESP 2013: A Green Crusade”, that aims to contribute to massive reforestation and spread the volunteerism campaign to help protect and rehabilitate the environment.
A seminar was also participated in by residents, with ESP volunteer project organizer, Malu Gacuma, discussing the use and benefits of solar cooking to save trees and help combat climate change in the grassroots level, the press release also said.
The parabolic solar cooker was conceptualized by ESP president and JRS Express chief executive officer Antonio Claparols.
Around 100 poorest of the poor children received two kilos of rice and several pairs of Burlington socks, and were treated to chicken arroz caldo, sandwiches, juice and candies.
The project was in partnership with Burlington Socks Industries Philippine, International Order of deMolay-Serafin V. Aguilar Chapter and Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines-Kanlaon Lodge No. 64, and the Barangay Council of Punta Taytay, the press release added.*
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Fire, quake drills set
Employees, tenants and agency personnel of SM City Bacolod will join the annual fire and earthquake drills at the mall’s premises tomorrow morning as part of the company’s commitment to ensure preparedness during calamities.
The activity will be held in partnership with the Bureau of Fire Protection and the Bacolod City Disaster Coordinating Council, a press release from the mall said.
May Castro of the mall said the drill aims to ensure the preparedness of employees and tenants in responding to disaster situations. It will also serve as refresher course for the establishment’s Emergency Response Team as the members will be able to practice their skills in simulated exercises, the press release also said.
The BFP and the Disaster Coordinating Council will evaluate the preparedness, logistics and capability of the mall in handling disaster situations.
Castro said while “we can never predict when a disaster will strike, we would like to be better prepared as we value the safety of our patrons, tenants and employees,” the press release added.*
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