TAGBILARAN CITY, Bohol, November 21, (PIA) –The Municipality of Catigbian distinguishes itself as the first municipality in Bohol to get the environment tag for innovative legislation that helps its community attain resilience from disaster and hunger.
A team from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippine Information Agency, Department of Education, and Capitol through the Office of the Governor’s Bohol Environment Management Office helps the local officials unveil the billboard tag to be erected in front of the town hall in fitting rites Monday, November 24.
Catigbian Sangguniang Bayan passed Municipal ordinance No. 2, series of 2008, which required every Elementary and secondary school graduating students from public and private school in the municipality to plant five fruit bearing trees as a requirement for graduation.
The ordinance, which got strictly implemented, is widely accepted as the reason why the town continues to aspire that they can emerge someday as a fruit capital of Bohol and maybe in the region, shared Mayor Virgilio Lurot, who was then an SB member.
By doing this, the town established a tie – up with the Department of Education to intensify the support for integration and application of DepEd’s curricula in Edukasyong Pantahanan at Pangkabuhayan (EPP) for the Elementary level and the Technology and Livelihood Education (TLE) for the secondary levels, the ordinance said.
The town aimed to spearhead a sustainable program for food supply and family income generation; instill among the in – school youth the values on responsibility, resourcefulness, reliability and love of Mother Earth and most especially to promote a green and healthy community.
As to the system, the town provides planting material inputs which it supplies through the Municipal Agriculture Office.
The ordinance also mandates all concerned agencies to lend all needed technical support to the students to ensure that material inputs are properly planted.
The planting of the fruit – bearing trees, shall be done at least a month before the scheduled graduation to guarantee growing state, which would also ask all Catigbian – resident graduating students to plant in their backyard or owned lots.
For non – Catigbian – resident graduating students without any lots, they are required to plant in the Dep–Ed or LGU designated areas, a certification of accomplishment from the office of the Punong Barangay where the task planting is performed is needed as proof that the student has complied to be eligible for graduation, says the ordinance.
The DENR, PIA, LGU Bohol and the DepED sees this as a worthwhile institutional act which is worth emulating, and a citation of Lugar na Makakalikasan tag is in order, team members agreed. (RAC/PIABohol)