Monday, September 10, 2012

Life Updates - Calling out Volunteer Tree Panters

Hello World!

How's your life in the past few months? Mine have been totally busy after resigning on my first job.

Yes, I resigned. I was working for a mapping department on a private company (Asiatype Inc.) as a GIS (Geographic Information System) Specialist. To give you an overview of what I did, we are simply doing road maps--on your GPS device.:) 

Some of my students in RareJob think it's cool. Yes, I have to admit, it's cool and fun at the same time but the environment in the office is something not enticing for me; plus the travel (I travel almost 4-5 hours a day) made me sick and very unhealthy. I lost so much weight. I also did not have much time for RareJob after going home since I am totally tired after the travel.

I did not see myself doing it in the near future, GIS is a minor subject in college, it was fun but I wanted to practice what I learned in college.

I resigned on my first job. I think that career path is not for me. I feel there is something missing, I feel there is something more that I can do.

Luckily, when I resigned, there is a vacant slot for a government department which is just 5 minutes walk from my home (isn't it awesome?! no more travel fees..hehe).

Now I am working as a contractual (Extension Officer) to the government under the NGP (National Greening Program)

So what is NGP (National Greening Program)? 

"President Benigno S. Aquino III issued Executive Order No. 26 ordering and declaring the implementation of a National Greening Program as a government priority. The National Greening Program (NGP) seeks the attainment of sustainable human development, and economic and ecological security. As a strategy, it aspires the planting of some 1.5 billion trees in around 1.5 million hectares of public lands for six years, starting 2011 to 2016."

To learn more about NGP and the difference of NGP to other planting efforts of the government, please click this link.:)

It's been a while since I last blogged. I am so busy right now because it's rainy season. Rainy season is planting season. It assures the survival of the planted seedlings/saplings up to 90%. We can not plant on summer since it will surely dry out the seedlings and mortality rate of seedlings will be 80%-90%.

Currently, we need more volunteer tree planters on the said tree planting project. We have been assisting PNP (Philippine National Police) and other private organizations that wanted to plant a tree.

Philippines is a beautiful country. We have an array of different forest/land and aquatic/sea species that can not be found anywhere else in the world. Our forest cover is dwindling and wildlife declining in numbers because we take them for granted. Let's make a difference now and create history.

Let's make our country more beautiful and fit to live in for the next generation. I am encouraging you to be one of the volunteer planters and make a difference. I have talked to many volunteers from private organizations and for them, tree planting is fun, fulfilling and an experience that can not be compared to any other. Every tree you planted is a hope for a better Philippines.

Please contact your nearest CENRO (Community Environment and Natural Resources Office)  for tree planting details, schedules and areas. There are designated tree planting areas and most of them are streambanks. Seedlings are ready to be planted, we only need helpful hands to plant them.

To register online please click this link. 

See you on the next tree planting!:)

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