Bulacan parish plants bamboo for 500YOC

Bulacan parish plants bamboo for 500YOC

Volunteers plant bamboo seedlings at Mt. Lawad Adventure Park in Brgy. Kalawakan, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan on July 2, 2021.

By Myraine Carluen-Policarpio

July 5, 2021

Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan

A Catholic parish in Bulacan province gave an environmental twist to the 500th anniversary celebration of Christianity in the Philippines.

The Sta. Rita de Cascia Parish in Angat town’s Binagbag village led the planting of 500 giant bamboo seedlings at Mt. Lawad Adventure Park in the adjacent town of Doña Remedios Trinidad on July 2.

Fr. Nap Baltazar, parish priest, said the activity was meant to raise awareness about the significance of bamboo, natural raw material, and is one of the fastest-growing plants on earth.

He said that bamboos are not only used for building houses and furniture but also a means to save the environment.

“The roots of the giant bamboo can efficiently absorb excess water and bind the soil together, thus reducing erosion,” Baltazar said.

Bamboo is also said to play a part in the balance of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

The priest also heads the indigenous people apostolate in the diocese and a member of the DRT Tourism Council.

About 125 volunteers from various parish and civic groups joined the activity while still observing the health protocol.

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